Rockaway, NJ man guilty of 2015 child sex assault, kidnap attempt
ROCKAWAY TWP. — A Rockaway Borough man was convicted Thursday on multiple charges related to two incidents involving children at a mall in the neighboring township more than six years ago, according to a release issued Monday by the Morris County Prosecutor's Office.
Kyriakos Serghides, 41, was found guilty of second-degree sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, attempted kidnapping, and luring, along with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, in connection with the two encounters that took place in August and September 2015 at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall, the MCPO said.
Serghides was arrested on Sept. 11, 2015, a day after the second incident.
In the first, prosecutors said, he was alleged to have touched the private area of a then-5-year-old boy inside the mall's food court restroom. And in the second, he was accused of luring another then-5-year-old, and attempting to leave the Target store at the mall with him.
The release said that Serghides was acquitted of third-degree terroristic threats and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 25, although the MCPO did not give any indication as to what his maximum sentence might be given the combination of charges.