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Press Releases << RENE A. CASTANEDA OF WALLINGTON, NJ CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT, SEXUAL ASSAULT AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT

For Immediate Release:

August 27, 2021

Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of RENE A. CASTANEDA (DOB: 6/20/1978; single; unemployed) of 110 Hathaway Street, Wallington, NJ on charges of sexual assault and child endangerment. The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love.

On Thursday, August 12, 2021, the Division of Child Protection and Permanency contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit regarding an allegation of a sexual assault of a minor by RENE A. CASTANEDA. An investigation was initiated and revealed that CASTANEDA sexually assaulted the minor, who was under the age of thirteen at the time at a residence in Elmwood Park, New Jersey.

Based on the investigation, RENE A. CASTANEDA was charged with one count of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2a(1); one count of second-degree sexual assault by sexual contact, N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2b; and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a(1). MANCIA was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court.

Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.