Freehold man picked up 14-year old girl near store then sexually assaulted her, prosecutors say
A Freehold Township man may spend decades in state prison if convicted of kidnapping, luring and the aggravated sexual assault of a 14-year old girl.
Monmouth County Prosecutors say 55-year old David Buabeng of Windsor Terrace allegedly lured the girl into a car at a freehold borough store Monday around 5:00 pm, drove her to an apartment in the township and sexually assaulted her, and took pictures of his heinous act.
He then drove her near her own home the next morning.
Police were then called and later arrested Buabeng, who works as a home healthcare aide for an elderly resident, on Tuesday night following an investigation.
The 14-year old had been reported missing on Monday around 9:00 pm and a joint investigation between the MCPO, and both Freehold Township and Borough Police began.
Buabeng is being charged with first degree Kidnapping, second degree Child Luring, two counts of first degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, and first degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for Causing or Permitting a Child to Engage in Child Pornography, second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for Manufacturing Child Pornography, and third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
If convicted of the first degree crime of Kidnapping, Buabeng faces a minimum sentence of 25 years in a New Jersey state prison without parole and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
If convicted of the first degree Aggravated Sexual Assault charges, Buabeng faces a sentence in state prison of up to 20 years, subject to the provisions of the "No Early Release Act" (NERA) requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole.
Buebeng would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison.
If convicted of any second degree crimes, he faces up to 10 years in state prison.
If convicted of the third degree charges, Buabeng faces a state prison term of three to five years.
If convicted of any of the sexually-based crimes, Buabeng would be subject to the provisions of Megan's Law and Parole Supervision for Life.
Anyone who recognizes Buabeng from the photograph and has information about this case or any of his activities is urged to contact Detective Kayla Santiago of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office at 800-533-7443 or Detective Rich Schwerthoffer of the Freehold Borough Police Department at 732-462-1234.
The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Ryan Lavender.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.
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