A 39-year-old Roxbury man is being held on $100,000 bail, no 10 percent, in the Morris County jail on charges of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl and endangering her welfare over the weekend in Ledgewood.
Carnell Bland, who police said is known to the victim as “Mr. Cory,” allegedly performed a sex act on the little girl and asked her to touch him, according to an arrest affidavit prepared by township Detective Kevin Howell.
The child made disclosures about the encounter to a witness, who told authorities she confronted Bland. He denied doing anything improper but “blamed the victim for inappropriate behaviors including pulling down his pants,” the affidavit said.
Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Anne-Marie Truppo conducted a video-recorded interview with the victim on Monday, and the child allegedly revealed the abuse and demonstrated the act using dolls, the affidavit said.
Bland is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child, a second-degree crime.