Elizabeth man arrested for sexually assaulting children over a several-year period

An Elizabeth man has been charged after having sexually assaulted three minors over the course of several years, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel announced Friday.

Ivan Calderon, 60, of Elizabeth, has been charged with one count of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, three counts of second-degree sexual assault, two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, one count of third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact and one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact.

In early January, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit received a report of a sexual assault of a juvenile female.  That investigation revealed that the alleged episodes occurred from 2005 through 2015, according to Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen Dillon, who is prosecuting the case.  As the investigation progressed Special Victims Unit Detectives learned of the identity of two additional victims, both juveniles at the time, who defendant repeatedly sexually assaulted between the years of 2003 and 2009.  All three victims were less than 13 years-old during the duration of these crimes, Dillon said.

Calderon was arrested in late January and lodged in the Union County Jail after being charged with sexually assaulting the first victim.  As a result of the Special Victims Unit continuing investigation, he was subsequently charged with the sexual assaults of the additional two females during the first week of March.  Calderon will remain detained prior to his trial or the final disposition of his cases.

This investigation remains ongoing.  Anyone with further information about Calderon is urged to contact Special Victims Unit Detective Kenneth Mirabelli at (908) 477-3074.

Convictions on these types of first-degree aggravated sexual assault charges can be punishable by a term between twenty-five years and life in state prison.  Second-degree charges are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison.  Third-degree convictions range from 3 to 5 years, and fourth-degree charges can carry up to a term of 18 months.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.