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Security guard at Rutherford hotel won boy’s trust with ‘macho’ stories before sexual assault, prosecutor says

Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter Mary K. Miraglia

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: A Jersey City man working as a security guard at a Rutherford hotel ingratiated himself with a group of teenage boys on a class trip with “macho stories” about exploits in the U.S. Marine Corps before sexually assaulting one of them, an assistant prosecutor told CLIFFVIEW PILOT today.

Jose M. Olivares, 26, remained in the upstate New York boys’ room after the three youngsters went to sleep, Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Dion Findley said this afternoon.

A 16-year-old told investigators he later awoke to find Olivares sitting on his cot, giving him oral sex, according to an indictment returned last August.

The boy cried out, waking another of the students in the room, who is an important witness for the state, Findley said. The boy immediately reported the assault to a chaperone who called police, he said.

Defense attorney Suzanne Axel told Presiding Superior Court Judge Liliana DeAvila-Silebi that she’ll be seeking school records from the Syracuse, NY high school attended by the boys, along with any possible juvenile delinquency records for the accuser.

Investigators said the assault occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 15, after the teens had spent the day in New York City.

Olivares worked for Calvary Protection Services of South Plainfield and was working at the hotel specifically as security for the students, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said at the time.

Unless both sides agree to a plea, DeAvila-Silebi said the trial could begin as early as June. Meanwhile, Olivares remained held on $100,000 bail.

STORY / PHOTOS: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter Mary K. Miraglia

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