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Child sex charges returned against Upper Saddle River business owner

Photo Credit: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A grand jury in Hackensack returned an indictment last week charging an Upper Saddle River construction company owner with raping and molesting a girl beginning when she was 7.

The girl, now 17, spoke last fall with a school counselor who, in turn, called her mother and state child welfare authorities, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said after his Special Victims Unit detectives arrested Louis Tantillo, 50, in October.

During a subsequent interview, she “provided specific details” about what happened during a sleepover, he said.

Tantillo posted $250,000 bail and was freed hours after his Oct. 10 arrest on aggravated assault and child endangerment charges.

The subsequent grand jury investigation added a sexual assault charge and broadened the time period to between September 2008 and June 2010. It also accuses him of impairing the morals of a child.

MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR

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