Today, the SARA Unit exclusively handles cases involving adult victims of sex crime.
Unit staff consists of experienced Assistant Prosecutors, Detectives, and clerical support employees.
Lipman Child Advocacy Center at 185 Washington Street in Newark.
An on-site Victim Witness Counselor assigned by the Victim Witness Advocacy Office works closely with this staff.The SARA Unit cooperates closely with the on-site registered nursing staff who manage the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program.Members of the legal and investigative staff are available 24 hours a day to assist local law enforcement in their investigations.During the evening of March 14, 2013, two female teenagers were walking along South 17th Street in Newark.A masked man brandishing a handgun forced them into Westside Park.Both victims were robbed and sexually assaulted before the suspect fled.During the evening of March 10, 2013, a 28-year-old female was approached by a masked man as she was entering her vehicle in Newark. P., an escort, corresponded online and arranged to meet in Newark.In 2014, the SARA Unit received 205 referrals for investigation, and had 96 cases carried over from 2013.Of a total of 301 cases investigated in 2014, 38 resulted in adult criminal charges. Hakim Jones – During the evening of March 5, 2013, a masked man brandishing a handgun approached a 17-year old female walking on Pomona Avenue in Newark.The SARA Unit was involved in many cutting-edge legal issues, including the use of DNA evidence and Internet related crimes.With the establishment of a national DNA Data bank by the FBI, Essex County was the first county prosecutor’s office in the State of New Jersey to have a positive match on a previously unidentified offender, as well as the first prosecutor’s office in the state to have a positive match on multiple cases committed by a serial sex offender.