MAYS LANDING - The Atlantic City suspect in a probe of juvenile sexual assaults, that allegedly occurred over a span of years, moves closer to trial, indicted today on nine counts by a grand jury.

Santos Blanco (Atl. County Prosecutor's Office
Santos Blanco (Atl. County Prosecutor's Office

Santos Blanco, 41, faces four first-degree charges of aggravated sexual assault, four second-degree counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and a third-degree endangering charge, according to the office of Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.

As reported here in September, authorities kept details under wraps, saying only that the attacks occurred in Blanco's home, and elsewhere. They did not disclose the relationship between Blanco and his alleged victim, or if more than one victim is involved.

Following a month-long investigation, Blanco was arrested September 19 on one count each of aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment. Seven more charges were lodged in October.

Blanco was ordered to be detained. Prosecution of both cases is led by Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer.

Investigation was a joint effort of Pleasantville and Atlantic City Police, and the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Special Victims Unit.

Authorities did not indicate whether Blanco has legal representation.

Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.

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