NJ Man Charged in Sexual Assault of Juvenile in Ashburn

A New Jersey man who traveled to Loudoun County and allegedly sexually assaulted a juvenile he met through a mobile messaging app was taken into custody last week after an investigation conducted by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit.

According to the Sheriff’s Office report, Matthew J. Essen, 20, of Marlboro, NJ, met the victim through the Kik app and traveled to the Ashburn area on May 20. The victim was sexually and some of the acts were recorded. The victim disclosed the incident the following day.

Detectives worked with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Office of the Monmouth County (NJ) Prosecutor and the Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, to identify the suspect.

Essen was served Friday with a fugitive of justice warrant and is facing charges in Loudoun County of two counts of carnal knowledge, two counts of production of child pornography, indecent liberties with a child and online solicitation of a minor.

Essen was held in New Jersey pending an extradition hearing.

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