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FRANKLIN LAKES DOCTOR CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT AND ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD

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Franklin Lakes NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of DR. LORENZO PUERTAS (DOB: 09/02/1940; married; Executive Director of Psych-Ed Services, Inc.) of 781 Comanche Lane, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey on charges of Sexual Assault By Sexual Contact, and Endangering The Welfare Of A Child. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Joseph Fulco, and the Franklin Lakes Police Department under the direction of Chief Carmine Pezzuti.

On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received a report from the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office that Dr. Lorenzo PUERTAS sexually assaulted a child under the age of thirteen on more than one occasion. The sexual assault had been reported to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency. An investigation by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office revealed that the incidents all took place in Franklin Lakes. The investigation was then turned over to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Franklin Lakes Police Department.

As a result of the investigation, Dr. Lorenzo PUERTAS was arrested on April 17, 2019 in Franklin Lakes and charged with two counts of Sexual Assault By Sexual Contact, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2B, a 2nd degree crime; and one count of Endangering The Welfare Of A Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4A (1), a 3rd degree crime. PUERTAS is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 1:30 P.M.

Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would also like to thank the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Franklin Lakes Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

One thought on “FRANKLIN LAKES DOCTOR CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT AND ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD

  1. After all is said and done, lock him up and throw away the key.

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