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Posted Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Morris County Prosecutor's logoMorris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Town of Boonton Police Chief David J. Mayhood announce that John Santiago, 18, of Boonton, has been charged with Attempted Aggravated Sexual Assault,  Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, Criminal Sexual Contact, Burglary and Theft  in connection with an incident in Boonton on Thursday.

Authorities alleged that Santiago forcibly entered the residence of a 71-year-old female in the early morning hours of Aug. 1.  While there, he allegedly took money from the victim’s purse, and  entered her room while she was sleeping.

Santiago is alleged to have woken up the victim and engaged in an act of sexual contact and attempted sexual assault.  The victim resisted and a physical altercation allegedly ensued. Santiago is alleged to have then left the scene. Boonton Police logo

After his arrest, Santiago was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Boonton Police Department, particularly Det. Karl Mangino; the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, particularly Det. Craig May and Det. Supervisor Jazmin Munoz-Felder; and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigations Section whose efforts contributed to the investigation of the matter.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Craig May of the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200.

Inquiries can be directed to Public Information Officer Fred Snowflack at (973) 829-8159 or [email protected].