YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A 19-year-old Midland Park man originally accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl has been charged with additional assaults involving two other girls before he turned 18, authorities said today.
James Stoldt was first arrested Feb. 24 after investigators interviewed a now-14-year-girl who said they had sex, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said at the time.
Authorities that day also charged his father, 57-year-old software engineer Richard Stoldt, with possession of child pornography and released him on a summons.
They also seized computers that Molinelli said contained images of the new victims.
The younger Stoldt posted $125,000 bail eight days after his arrest and was released from the Bergen County, then was re-arrested last Thursday with bail set at $250,000 this time, Molinelli said.
The charges include three counts of sexual assault stemming from relationship that the prosecutor said Stoldt had with two underage girls in 2011.
During an interview with one of them, the girl “provided specific details describing how [Stoldt] instructed her to send the explicit pictures and videos of herself to him via social media which he then stored on his computer,” the prosecutor said.
“Ongoing interviews…resulted in a third victim being identified,” Molinelli said. “During an interview of that victim, specific disclosures were made detailing several sexual assaults.”
Both Stoldt and the alleged victim were juvenile acquaintances at the time, he said.
The sex assault charges are filed as delinquency complaints because of Stoldt’s age at the time, Molinelli said.
Stoldt also is charged criminally with manufacturing images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children (child pornography) and child endangerment, he said.
The new charges followed an investigation by the prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit and Computer Crimes Unit, along with Midland Park police, Molinelli said.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR
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