22-Year-Old Man Charged with Several Sexual Assault Offenses

Morris County Correctional Facility

MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker, and Rockway Township Police Chief Martin McParland Jr., announce the filing of additional charges against Nathaniel G. Yanez, 22, of Newark and previously of Dover.

Yanez has been charged with two counts of Sexual Assault, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2c(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2c(4), crimes of the Second Degree; and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4(a), crimes of the Third Degree.

These charges result from law enforcement’s continued investigation of the defendant after members of the Dover Township Police Department initially charged him with one count of Aggravated Sexual Assault, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2a(7), a crime of the First Degree; one count of Sexual Assault, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2c(1), a crime of the Second Degree; and one count of Criminal Sexual Contact, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3(b), a crime of the Fourth Degree on March 1, 2022. It is alleged that on May 30, 2021, the defendant sexually assaulted a 15-year-old victim at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rockaway. The following day, it is alleged that the defendant then sexually assaulted a 17-year-old victim in the same location.

The Rockaway Township Police Department members charged the defendant for these additional acts on May 5.

The defendant continues to be detained at the Morris County Correctional Facility following his arrest on the initial charges.

Yanez is scheduled to appear in court on July 11. Anyone with information relating to these cases or any related incident is asked to call Detective Melissa Enslen of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at (973) 285-6307. Prosecutor Carroll would like to thank the Rockaway Township Police Department, the Dover Township Police Department, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit for their efforts in the investigation, arrest, and continued detention of this defendant.

Editor’s Note: An arrest or the signing of a criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.