NJ man paid woman so he could rape 2 pre-teen girls for 6 years, prosecutor says
ENGLEWOOD — A Bergen County man has been charged with raping two young girls repeatedly. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia woman who made the girls available for his monstrous appetite has also been arrested, authorities said Monday.
Alfredo Rosales, 51, was arrested Saturday after city police said they received a tip that he may have been sexually assaulting a teenage girl.
Investigators not only found out that the married auto technician living on Howland Avenue had been sexually assaulting the teen, but that he also had been raping a 12-year-old girl — and doing so since 2010, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal said.
That means the youngest girl would have been about 6 years old when she was first abused by Rosales, according to the charges.
Police say they found Rosales with the 14-year-old when they confronted him this weekend. The 12-year-old victim was not there at the time, police said. Authorities did not disclose the girls' relationship to each other or to the suspects.
Authorities also arrested Esperanza Mani-Cortez, 44, on charges that she made the girls available to Rosales in exchange for money. Authorities say the divorced Mani-Cortez is unemployed.
Both were charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault, two counts of sexual assault by sexual contact, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and one count of aggravated criminal sexual contact.
Both were being held at Bergen County Jail awaiting trial. Rosales' bail was set at $500,000 with no 10 percent option while Mani-Cortez's bail was set at $300,000, also with no 10 percent option. A Superior Court judge ordered both to surrender their passports.
They were expected to make their first appearance in court on Tuesday. It was not clear Monday whether they already had attorneys.
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