Thursday, January 07, 2021
MARCELO VELEZ OF WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT, SEXUAL ASSAULT BY SEXUAL CONTACT AND ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of MARCELO VELEZ (DOB: 09/06/1964; married; Vice President of University Facilities) of 43 Woodland Drive, Woodcliff Lake, NJ on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault By Sexual Contact and Endangering The Welfare Of A Child. The arrest is the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Woodcliff Lake Police Department under the direction of Chief John Burns.
On Sunday, January 3, 2021, the Woodcliff Lake Police Department received information that MARCELO VELEZ engaged in sexual acts with a child under the age of 13 while in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. At that time, Woodcliff Lake Police contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, and the ensuing investigation revealed that the sexual acts occurred in VELEZ’s residence in Woodcliff Lake.
As a result of the investigation, on Monday, January 4, 2021, MARCELO VELEZ was arrested at his residence by the Woodcliff Lake Police Department. He was charged with one count of Aggravated Sexual Assault, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2a(1), a 1st degree crime; 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 2nd degree crime. VELEZ was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ.
Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and he would like to thank the Woodcliff Lake Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.