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Newark, NJ officer arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting 4-year-old girl

NEWARK, N.J. — Prosecutors say a northern New Jersey police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a young girl.

Newark police officer  Manny Marques has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a child, officials announced on Sept. 14, 2016. (Essex County inmate records)

Newark police officer Manny Marques has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a child, officials announced on Sept. 14, 2016. (Essex County inmate records)

A spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday that Manny Marques was arrested in Newark following the alleged incident over the weekend.

The victim was 4 years old, News12 reports.

He faces charges of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Authorities say the charges aren’t related to his work as a Newark police officer.

City officials say the 14-year police veteran has been suspended without pay.

Newark Fraternal Order of Police President James Stewart Jr. tells NJ.com the group knows about the allegations. He says the accusations are “horrible” and “out of character” for Marques.

Marques didn’t have a defense attorney listed following his Tuesday arraignment. Authorities say he remains jailed on $225,000 bail.