HIGHLAND PARK, NJ—A 16-year-old child was allegedly taken advantage of by a case worker from a non-profit "care management organization" that was assigned to assist their family.
Miguel Garrido, the 23-year-old former case manager from Monmouth Junction, was arrested and charged with several crimes on November 17, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO).
Garrido was employed with the non-profit, Coordinated Family Care, which is located on Silver Line Drive in North Brunswick.
Garrido is now facing several serious charges, including:
- first-degree aggravated sexual assault
- second-degree sexual assault
- third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact
- fourth-degree criminal sexual contact
- two counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child
One of the endangering counts stems from the sexual assault and the second count from "the use of marijuana with the victim," according to a November 18 press release.
"He is no longer an employee of our organization," said Suzanne Siverio Kreie, the CEO of the North Brunswick-based agency that assigned him to the Highland Park family.
Care management agencies are responsible for "providing assistance to youths and their families" according to the MCPO.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Stephen Rizco of the Highland Park Police Department (HPPD) credited HPPD Detective Ted Pardo and MCPO Detective Deon McCall with building the case against Garrido.
"During the investigation it was determined that sexual assault took place at the victim’s residence. Garrido was acting as a case worker for the victim," read the official announcement of the charges.
Garrido was held at the Middlesex County Jail until November 27 and released under New Jersey's new "bail reform" legislation to await his trial on the charges.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Pardo at (732) 572-3800 ext. 4253 or Detective McCall at (732) 745-3652.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate and a community organizer, and was an independent candidate for Mayor of New Brunswick in 2018.