Editor’s Note: While Giles is alleged to have done these acts, he is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to NJ.com, a long-time East Orange, New Jersey police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting two minors. The alleged crimes happened more than 15-years ago.
The story says that the incident or incidents happened when the two boys played for former East Orange Police Sgt. Edward Giles in the youth football program that he ran.
The 59-year-old is the youth football director for the East Orange Police Athletic League. He has been charged with several counts of aggravated sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal sexual contact.
According to the authorities, the incidents with Giles happened at his residence in the 300 block of West 4th Street in Roselle. One boy was 11 to 13 when the acts allegedly happened between 1998 through 2000.
Giles was the coach of the East Orange Wildcats at the time of the incidents, the authorities said. The other boy was was 12 and 13 when the acts allegedly happened between 2002 through 2003.
“This defendant took advantage of his position of trust in the community as a means to victimize children,” Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay Ruotolo said in statement. “We believe that there are likely additional victims yet to be identified, and we are urging anyone with information to come forward and help bring him to justice.”
He was arrested at this residence on Friday following a seven-month investigation. He was transported following his arrest to the Union County Jail.
Giles made his first appearance on Sunday and then will have his detention hearing on Thursday.
“The City of East Orange is not at liberty to comment on pending criminal matters, and due to confidentiality restrictions, the city cannot comment on personnel actions. However, the city will continue to cooperate with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and will continue to take all steps to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the people in our community,” an East Orange police spokesman said in a statement.
While Giles is arrested, the authorities are seeking anyone with information to contact them regarding this case. If you have any information, you can reach Sgt. Sofia Santos at 908-577-4256 or Det. Ryan Kirsh at 908-347-1420.
The Union County Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward that could be up to $10,000 for ‘information leading to any additional indictment in this case.’