Prosecutor: Three Indicted on Criminal Sexual Contact Against a Minor Charges

Three area men have been indicted on 10 counts of criminal sexual contact against a minor at an unnamed Red Bank eatery where they all had previously worked together, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced.

Trinidad Mendez-Romero, 31, of Tinton Falls and Eduardo Jimenez-Berdejo, 34, of Red Bank were both indicted on two counts each of third- degree endangering the welfare of child and two counts each of fourth- degree criminal sexual contact. 

Jesus E. Reyes-Rodriguez, 35, of Red Bank, was indicted on one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of child and one count of fourth- degree criminal sexual contact.

The charges stem from multiple cases of sexual contact with an underage female co-worker at two separate Red Bank restaurants. The incidents took place on various dates between June of 2020 and February 10, 2021.

If convicted of endangering the welfare of a child, Jimenez-Berdejo, Reyes-Rodriguez and Mendez-Romero would face a sentence of up to five years in prison. In addition, they will be required to register under Megan’s Law.

If convicted criminal sexual contact, Jimenez-Berdejo, Reyes-Rodriguez and Mendez-Romero face a sentence on each count of 18 months in a state prison.

— Edited press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office