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Sparta Farm Worker Accused of Sexually Assaulting Girl, 13, in Barn

Adrian Bautista, 25, faces sexual assault and child endangerment charges.

Adrian Bautista, 25. (Photo: Sparta Police Department)
Adrian Bautista, 25. (Photo: Sparta Police Department)
A Sparta farm worker has been accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl who was doing chores inside a barn, police said.

Adrian Bautista, 25, has been charged with second-degree sexual assault of a minor and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

According to Sgt. John-Paul Beebe, Bautista was working on the farm located near the Lafayette Township border when he encountered the girl in a barn at about 4 p.m. Monday.

The man engaged in sexual activity with the girl and left about 15 minutes later, Beebe said. The girl alerted an adult family member about what happened and Bautista fled the scene when he realized police were on the way, Beebe said.

Officers from Sparta, Hardyston, Hamburg and the New Jersey State Police established a perimeter on Route 94 from the Hardyston Township border to the Lafayette Township line.

A Hamburg K-9 unit was also used to track Bautista, who eventually surrendered without incident on a residential street about a mile and a half from the farm at about 5:30 p.m., Beebe said.

The Sparta First Aid Squad transported the victim to Newton Medical Center for treatment.

Bautista's bail has been set at $75,000 with no 10 percent option. A no-bail detainer has been issued against Bautista, who is believed to be in the country illegally, Beebe said.

The investigation remains ongoing and additional charges are pending.
Kevin Martin June 04, 2014 at 09:00 AM
So save court costs and ship him gleefully back to where he hails from. Last sentence immigration status fail.
Roll Back Our Tax June 07, 2014 at 09:03 AM
So who's the victim?
Stacie Reneé Perry June 08, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Sick fuck! Hope he gets raped in morriscounty jail as his parting gift & then gets sent back to where he came from ! Hello USA government is this fair to you ? Illegal ppl you wanna give freedom to do shit like this & you still want them to have rights? While the rest of our country & ppl in it struggle & etc. Smgdh just gross the whole thing is gross!

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