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Cliffside Park man charged with sexually abusing girl, 11

Photo Credit: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Guatemalan national from Cliffside Park man remained held on $500,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail today, nearly a week after being arrested on charges of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl he knew.

Luis Higinio Elias Velasco, 41, is charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and child endangerment, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said this afternoon.

Velasco, of Cottage Lane, was taken into custody by members of Molinelli’s Special Victims Unit and Cliffside Park police last Wednesaday after the girl talked to a state child welfare caseworker, who notified his office, the prosecutor revealed.

Velasco, who is married and unemployed, was arraigned the following day, Molinelli said.

MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE

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