Rockaway Borough Resident Indicted on Attempted Kidnapping and Sexual Assault Charges

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Rockaway Township Police Chief Martin McParland, Jr. announce that Kyriakos Serghides, 35, of Rockaway Borough, New Jersey was indicted today on multiple charges related to incidents that are alleged to have occurred in August and September of 2015 in Rockaway Township.

It is alleged that on August 28, 2015 while at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall, Serghides touched the genitals of two separate boys in restrooms within the Mall. It is also alleged that on September 10, 2015, Serghides threatened and then attempted to leave the Target Store in Rockaway Township with an unrelated (5) year old boy.  Serghides was arrested on September 11, 2015 on charges related to these three incidents.

Defendant was indicted on two (2) Counts of Second Degree Sexual Assault; three (3) Counts of Third Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child; one (1) Count of Second Degree Attempted Kidnapping; one (1) Count of Second Degree Luring; one (1) Count of Second Degree Attempted Sexual Assault; one (1) Count of Third Degree Terroristic Threats; one (1) Count of Third Degree Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes; and one (1) Count of Fourth Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

The State is represented by Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Meg Rodriguez in this matter.

Anyone with information relating to these charges is urged to contact Detective Supervisor Marshall Wang of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes / Child Endangerment Unit at 973-285-6200, or Detective Thomas Takacs of the Rockaway Township Police Department at 973-625-4000.

Prosecutor Knapp thanks the Rockaway Township Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit for their continuing efforts in this investigation and prosecution.

The charges and allegations contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at [email protected]. or 973-285-6215.