PATERSON — Authorities say they've arrested and charged a city resident who sexually abused a teenager on multiple occasions.

Noe Hernandez-Quintana, 37, was arrested on July 28 after an investigation conducted by the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Unit.

According to the prosecutor's office, authorities received information on June 7 from the Division of Child Protection and Permanency that a 15-year-old disclosed being sexually abused by Hernandez-Quintana.

The teen was interviewed, as were multiple witnesses, and the investigation revealed that the defendant sexually abused the victim at a home in Passaic between 2019 and 2020, the prosecutor's office said.

Hernandez-Quintana has been charged with one count of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and one count of third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact.

Beyond jail time, Hernandez-Quintana is subject to parole supervision for life and Megan's Law registration requirements if convicted.

Hernandez-Quintana is currently being detained at Passaic County Jail. The prosecutor's office has filed a motion for the pretrial detention of the defendant.

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In 2018, the so-called “pass the trash” law went into effect, requiring stricter New Jersey school background checks related to child abuse and sexual misconduct.

The follow individuals were arrested over the past several years. Some have been convicted and sentenced to prison, while others have accepted plea deals for probation.

Others cases are still pending, including some court delays amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The suspects “possessed and or distributed videos and images of child sexual abuse, including in many cases videos of young children being raped by adults,” Grewal said.

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