SAYREVILLE, NJ—An emergency medical technician was charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child after an August 17 incident in Sayreville, according to authorities.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO) announced the arrest in a statement that included a photo of the accused, Christopher P. McHugh, a resident of the Parlin section of Sayreville.
McHugh, 21, of the Parlin section of Sayreville was arrested and charged on August 18. The sexual assault charge is in the second degree, and the endangering the welfare of a child charge is in the third degree.
But McHugh was released after only one night in jail, after he was able to use a bond to post the $200,000 bail.
According to the August 19 MCPO statement, McHugh is a volunteer at the Morgan First Aid Squad in Sayreville and a "full time EMT" at a private company in Edison.
"He no longer works for us," confirmed someone who answered the phone at the private company, Stress Free Medical Transportation.
Morgan First Aid Squad did not immediately return a voicemail asking about McHugh. McHugh was allegedly wearing his Morgan First Aid Squad shirt at the time of his arrest.
The official statement does not make it clear whether the sexual assault was committed against a minor, and few details are provided about the victim.
"During the investigation it was determined that the defendant met and exchanged information with the victim through social media via Facebook," reads the release, which credits Detective Daniel Ellmyer of the Sayreville Police Department and MCPO Detective Felix De La Cruz of spearheading the investigation.
New Brunswick Today obtained the press release despite all of our reporters being removed from the MCPO's media list in February.
The investigation is "active and… continuing," according to the statement, and anyone with information is asked to call Detective Ellmyer at (732) 525-5450.
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