ARRESTS MADE FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN SOUTH HACKENSACK

TO:                 ALL NEWS MEDIA

FROM:          ACTING BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL

DATE:            OCTOBER 12, 2016

Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. GREWAL announced the arrests of EDWIN A. BONETA, age 22, of 35A Storey Avenue, Central Islip, New York; JEFFERSON CONTRERAS, age 18, of 1679 Pine Grove Boulevard, Bay Shore, New York; SELENA BONETA, age 19, of 576 Outlook Avenue, West Babylon, New York; and STEPHANIE BONETA, age 23, of 127 Rosa Parks Boulevard, Paterson, New Jersey. The arrests came about as the result of a joint investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office under the direction of Officer-in-Charge, Deputy Chief Robert ANZILOTTI, the South Hackensack Police Department under the direction of Chief Joseph TERRACCINO, and the Suffolk County Police Department under the direction of Commissioner Timothy SINI.

On Sunday, October 2, 2016, the South Hackensack Police Department received a report of females being forced to engage in prostitution in South Hackensack, New Jersey. The South Hackensack Police Department conducted an initial investigation and located three juvenile female victims of human trafficking, who had been transported to a South Hackensack motel for the purposes of engaging in prostitution. The South Hackensack Police Department subsequently notified the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and a joint investigation ensued.

As a result of the ensuing investigation, Edwin A. BONETA and Jefferson CONTRERAS were arrested today and were each charged with the following offenses: three counts of Human Trafficking, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:13-8a, a 1st degree crime; three counts of Promoting Prostitution of a Juvenile, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1b(3), a 1st degree crime; and three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a, a 3rd degree crime.  In addition, Selena BONETA was arrested today and charged with three counts of Facilitation of Human Trafficking, in violation of N.J.S.A.  2C:13-9a, a 2nd degree crime, and three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a, a 3rd degree crime.  The foregoing arrests were made in Suffolk County, New York, and each individual is scheduled for arraignment on October 13, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in Suffolk County District Court in Central Islip, New York and will each be lodged in the Suffolk County Correctional Center pending their extradition to New Jersey.

Stephanie BONETA was arrested and charged with three counts of Facilitation of Human Trafficking, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:13-9a, a 2nd degree crime, and three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a, a 3rd degree crime. The Honorable Susan J. Steele, P.J.Cr. of Bergen County set bail at $225,000.00 with no ten percent cash option. As conditions of bail, Stephanie BONETA is to have no contact with the victims or the victims’ family and must surrender her passport. She was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail.  She is scheduled to appear in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court for a first appearance on October 31, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.

Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  Acting Prosecutor Grewal would also like to thank the South Hackensack Police Department and the Suffolk County Police Department for their assistance with this investigation.

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE                                                 CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT 1:   EDWIN A. BONETA                                 DOB:  05/18/1994

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:          35A STOREY AVENUE

CENTRAL ISLIP, NEW YORK

MARITAL STATUS:   SINGLE

OCCUPATION: UNEMPLOYED

ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST:  10/12/2016  

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN:  SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST:  BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE                                                               SOUTH HACKENSACK POLICE DEPARTMENT

                                                       SUFFOLK COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

THREE COUNTS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:13-2A(3) – 1st DEGREE CRIME

THREE COUNTS OF PROMOTING PROSTITUTION OF A JUVENILE IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1b(3) – 1st  DEGREE CRIME 

THREE COUNTS OF ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a(1) – 3rd DEGREE CRIME

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE:   10/31/2016   TIME: 8:30 A.M.                                  

JUDGE:  HONORABLE ROY F. MCGEADY, P.J.M.C. - CENTRAL JUDICIAL PROCESSING – BERGEN COUNTY, N.J.

BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: NO BAIL – FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE

PRESENT STATUS:  REMANDED SUFFOLK COUNTY CORRECTIONAL CENTER

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EDWIN BONETA

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE

CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT 2:   JEFFERSON CONTRERAS                      DOB:  01/03/1998

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:          1679 PINE GROVE BOULEVARD

BAYSHORE, NEW YORK

MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE 

OCCUPATION: UNEMPLOYED

ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST:  10/12/2016  

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN:  SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST:  BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE

                                                       SOUTH HACKENSACK POLICE DEPARTMENT

                                                       SUFFOLK COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

THREE COUNTS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:13-2A(3) – 1st DEGREE CRIME

THREE COUNTS OF PROMOTING PROSTITUTION OF A JUVENILE IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1b(3) – 1st  DEGREE CRIME 

THREE COUNTS OF ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A.  2C:24-4a(1) – 3rd DEGREE

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE:   10/31/2016   TIME: 8:30 A.M.                                  

JUDGE:  HONORABLE ROY F. MCGEADY, P.J.M.C. - CENTRAL JUDICIAL PROCESSING – BERGEN COUNTY, N.J.

BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: NO BAIL – FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE

PRESENT STATUS:  REMANDED SUFFOLK COUNTY CORRECTIONAL CENTER

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JEFFERSON CONTRERAS                             

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE

CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT 3:   STEPHANIE M. BONETA                         DOB:  01/27/1993

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:          127 ROSA PARKS BOULEVARD

 PATERSON, NEW JERSEY

 MARITAL STATUS:   SINGLE 

OCCUPATION: LABORER - LINEN COMPANY

ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST:  10/12/2016  

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: PARAMUS, NEW JERSEY        

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST:  BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE

                                                       SOUTH HACKENSACK POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

THREE COUNTS OF FACILITATION OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:13-9A(1) – 2nd  DEGREE CRIME 

THREE COUNTS OF ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a(1) – 3rd DEGREE

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE:   10/31/2016   TIME: 8:30 A.M.                                  

JUDGE:  HONORABLE ROY F. MCGEADY, P.J.M.C. - CENTRAL JUDICIAL PROCESSING – BERGEN COUNTY, N.J.

BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $225,000 / NO 10% OPTION, NO CONTACT,                                                                  SURRENDER PASSPORT

PRESENT STATUS:  REMANDED TO THE BERGEN COUNTY JAIL

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STEPHANIE BONETA

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE

CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT 4:   SELENA BONETA                                    DOB:  06/09/1997

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:          576 OUTLOOK AVENUE

WEST BABYLON, NEW YORK

MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE   

OCCUPATION: STUDENT

ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST:  10/12/2016   

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN:  SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST:  BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE

                                                       SOUTH HACKENSACK POLICE DEPARTMENT

                                                       SUFFOLK COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

THREE (3) COUNTS OF FACILITATION OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:13-9A(1) – 2nd DEGREE CRIME

THREE (3) COUNTS OF ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a(1) – 3rd DEGREE

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE:   10/31/2016   TIME: 8:30 A.M.                                  

JUDGE:  HONORABLE ROY F. MCGEADY, P.J.M.C. - CENTRAL JUDICIAL PROCESSING – BERGEN COUNTY, N.J.

BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: NO BAIL – FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE

PRESENT STATUS:  REMANDED SUFFOLK COUNTY CORRECTIONAL CENTER

SELENA BONETA

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