Why was West Hudson man arrested at Canadian border with his child & partner in the car?

A West Hudson dad and mom were arrested at the U.S.-Canada border Oct. 11, 2021, after customs agents discovered the father had a no-contact order with the daughter who was traveling with the pair, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said.

That day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detained the couple after they attempted to enter Canada at the Niagara Falls, New York/Ontario border with their minor child, despite a no-contact order being in place against the dad after he was arrested earlier this year for the alleged sexual assault of the girl when she was 7.

The defendants, whose names are not being released to protect the identity of the victim, have both been charged with endangering the welfare of a child in violation.

The father, a resident of Harrison, was additionally charged with disobeying a judicial order.

The child’s father was charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child on Feb. 5, 2021, after the child, now 12, reported to Kearny police her father had sexually assaulted her when she was 7.

A law-enforcement source unauthorized to speak on the case told The Observer the girl came to Kearny PD headquarters to report her dad had inappropriately touched her. A detective then took the girl to SVU at the HCPO in Jersey City, where detectives there took the full report.

The case is currently pending in Hudson County Superior Court.

Anyone wishing to report a sex crime should call the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit (SVU) at (201) 915-1234.

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