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Member of well-known Leonia family charged with sexually assaulting girl, 10

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A 45-year-old Leonia man whose family has a history of public service was arrested yesterday and charged with child sexual assault.

Kevin Van Mater was being held on $500,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail following his arrest by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit and Leonia police.

Van Mater ( Facebook photo, above ) was arrested after a teenager told authorities that he sexually assaulted her several years ago, when she was 10, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon.

The 5-foot-10-inch, 255-pound Van Mater — who comes from a family of firefighters and police officers — is charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault of a minor, one count of second-degree second assault and one count of child endangerment.

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