YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli tonight confirmed a CLIFFVIEW PILOT report from earlier today that a member of a well-known Leonia family was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl.
Kevin Van Mater, 45, was arrested yesterday after the girl, now 15, told detectives from Molinelli’s Special Victims Unit that he “engaged in inappropriate sexual activity” with her at his Broad Avenue apartment when she was 10, the prosecutor said.
Mater, who is single and unemployed, voluntarily came to the prosecutor’s Paramus office yesterday and was arrested after being interviewed, Molinelli said.
He was then taken to Leonia police headquarters for processing, he said.
The 5-foot-10-inch, 255-pound Van Mater comes from a family of firefighters and police officers known throughout town.
Van Mater was being held on $500,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault on a minor, one count of sexual assault on a minor and one count of child endangerment.
A Jan. 28 first appearance has been scheduled in Leonia Municipal Court.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE
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