Manny Marques

NEWARK — A Newark police officer was charged with sexually assaulting a young girl, an Essex County Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.

Manny Marques, 36, of West Caldwell, was arrested Sept. 10 on a charge of first degree aggravated sexual assault of the girl and third degree child endangerment, according to prosecutor's office spokeswoman Katherine Carter. 

Marques was not charged with any offenses related to his work as an officer, Carter added.

Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said he suspended Marques, a 14-year veteran of the force, without pay. 

Newark Fraternal Order of Police President James Stewart Jr. said the organization is aware of the allegations against Marques. 

"They are horrible and shocking, and completely out of character for a man I have known for years. His co-workers and family are waiting to hear from him and are hoping there is some sort of explanation besides what has been alleged," Stewart added. 

Marques did not have a defense attorney listed after he was arraigned Tuesday. 

He remained held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in lieu of $225,000 bail, with no 10 percent option, according to the prosecutor's office.

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