Point Pleasant Borough police and county detectives have charged a 66-year-old Jersey City man with sexually abusing a 4-year-old boy, authorities said Monday.
Russell Cortese, 66, of Jersey City, was arrested Sunday, the same day Point Pleasant Borough Police Detective Michelle Hill and Ocean County Prosecutor Special Victims Detective Melissa Matthews began an investigation based on information provided by the child, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.
Based on the reported information, Hill and Matthews located Cortese at an address in Point Pleasant Borough he was visiting, Della Fave said.
Cortese is charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He was immediately taken into custody by the investigating detectives. Bail was set by the Superior Court Judge Joseph L. Foster at $150,000 cash.
A no victim contact order was implemented, Della Fave said. Assisting in the investigation were Prosecutor’s Office Detective Alex Bromley and Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI Detective Stephen Capoano.