Garfield, NJ Man Pleads Guilty in PA Sexual Assault Case
A Garfield, NJ man accused of rape and kidnapping in Pennsylvania agreed to a plea deal that will put him behind bars for at least nine months.
21-year-old Frederick Hernandez was arrested by police in July 2013. Hernandez allegedly kidnapped a Pennsylvania woman and her 11-month-old son. According to police, Hernandez pushed the woman down a flight of stairs and sexually assaulted her. He then allegedly ordered the woman and her son to travel with him to Bergen County. When the woman refused, he allegedly beat her.
Police said that Hernandez did end up kidnapping the two and driving them to Garfield, NJ.
Hernandez faced serious charges as a result of the incident. However, the district attorney’s office dropped the rape charged after multiple interviews with the victim.
Hernandez eventually pleaded guilty to simple assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and reckless endangerment. All of those offenses are misdemeanors in PA. Under the terms of the plea deal struck with PA prosecutors, Hernandez will serve at least nine months in Northampton County Prison, with the potential to serve up to 23 months.
To learn more, see the NJ.com article entitled “Garfield Man Charged with Rape, Kidnapping in Pa. Agrees to Plea Bargain.“