TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: JANUARY 12, 2018
Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of KRISTEN AQUINO (DOB: 8-23-1977; single; and self-employed) of Saddle Brook, New Jersey on a charge of Witness Tampering. The arrest came about as the result of a joint investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Unit, under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Saddle Brook Police Department under the direction of Chief Robert Kugler.
On Monday, January 8, 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information that two victims of a sexual assault investigation were being coerced to recant allegations previously made to law enforcement officers. As a result of the information received, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Saddle Brook Police Department initiated an investigation during which several individuals were interviewed regarding possible witness tampering.
As a result of the investigation, Kristen AQUINO was arrested and charged with one count of Witness Tampering, N.J.S.A. 2C:28-5a.(1), a 3rd degree crime. After being processed for arrest, AQUINO was released pending a first appearance at the Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.
Prosecutor Grewal states that this charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would like to thank the Saddle Brook Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.