January 09, 2006

Man charged in assault of child

Gloucester County Times

Monday, January 09, 2006
A Pennsauken cab driver who is a church youth leader has been arrested on charges he sexually assaulted a girl under 10 years old, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said.

Rafel Pena, 33, of Day Avenue was being held in lieu of $200,000 bail on charges of aggravated sexual assault on a minor female and endangering the welfare of a child, authorities said.

The sexual assaults allegedly took place between August and December 2005 in Pennsauken. Pena was arrested Friday after a family member of the victim contacted police, authorities said.

Pena served as a volunteer youth leader at the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church on 6th Avenue in Mount Ephraim, according to authorities.

Anyone with information relevant to the investigation is urged to call the Camden County Prosecutor's Office Child Abuse Unit at (856) 614-8000.

Posted by kshaw at January 9, 2006 06:55 AM