WAYNE, NJ — A Powerball jackpot winner is accused of sexually assaulting a girl, prosecutors said.
Pedro Quezada, 49, allegedly sexually assaulted a girl from the time she was 11 until she turned 14, officials said. He lived in Passaic, New Jersey at the time.
Quezada won the third-largest Powerball prize in state history in 2013. He came forward to claim a blown up $338 million check and told reporters he would not let the money change him.
On Thursday, in the Passaic tenement building where he used to live, neighbors remember his false promise: to pay the whole block’s rent for a month with some of his winnings.
“He gonna help the people. But later he disappear,” said Erika Debrossard, who lives in the same building that Quezada used to call home on School Street.
Since winning the prize, Quezada has been plagued with legal problems.
First, his ex sued him for her share of the money. Then, a contractor came forward to claim Quezada never paid him for home renovations on a new house he purchased.
He will go before a judge on Monday for these latest child sex assault charges.
He faces two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree aggravated sexual assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison and he would have to register as a sex offender.
Before winning the lottery, Quezada worked at a bodega in New Jersey. At the time, it was reported that he had five children. He bought lottery tickets daily at Eagle Liquor store.
The victim will not be identified. Investigators do not believe there are any other victims.