Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina says a husband and wife from Beverly have been charged with sexually assaulting a teenager in their home last month.

According to authorities, 33-year-old Luis Morales-Sarmiento, who is a volunteer firefighter in Beverly, and 22-year-old Katherine Morales-Sarmiento have been charged with second-degree sexual assault and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

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Coffina says, "the investigation began after the teenager’s mother contacted police to report the assault. The investigation revealed that Luis Morales-Sarmiento, who is acquainted with the victim, invited him to his home and then took him to the couple’s bedroom, where the sexual contact occurred."

Officials say the two were taken into custody at the Prosecutor’s Office on Monday. They were released following an initial court appearance.

Coffina asks that anyone who may have been victimized by these two to call the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office's Major Crimes Unit at (609) 265-5035.

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Over the past few years, state lawmakers have taken on the challenge of dealing with accused child predators among the ranks of teachers and educators.

In 2018, the so-called “pass the trash” law went into effect, requiring stricter New Jersey school background checks related to child abuse and sexual misconduct.

The follow individuals were arrested over the past several years. Some have been convicted and sentenced to prison, while others have accepted plea deals for probation.

Others cases are still pending, including some court delays amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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