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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: November 14, 2011
†††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: November 14, 2011
Joseph T. Burns (DOB 10/21/40) of West Seventh Street, Piscataway,† was arrested on November 10, 2011, in Highland Park shortly before 8 a.m. and was charged with two counts of second degree sexual assault and two counts of third degree endangering the welfare of each child.
was arrested following an investigation by Investigator Karleen A. Duca of the
Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office and Detective Caesar Pasquale of the
Piscataway Police Department.
The investigation began after the victims reported the assaults to police. One victim, who is now 21 years old, told authorities she was sexually assaulted on numerous occasions when she was between the ages of 5 and 10. The second victim, who is now 16, was sexually assaulted on two occasions when she was 5 or 6 years old.
investigation determined the victims were sexually assaulted during visits to
the defendantís home in
The investigation, which is continuing, also has determined that there may be other witnesses to the incidents between 1995 and 2002. Witnesses are urged to contact police.
Anyone with information on these, or similar incidents, is asked to call Investigator Duca of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office at (732) 745-3600, or Detective Pasquale of the Piscataway Police Department at (732) 562-2350.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Burns are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.