A Toms River man has been charged with the sexual assault of a minor with the victim also under 13-years old, announced Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little and Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer in a joint release.

On February 11, Toms River Police began an investigation into allegations of sexual assault involving a victim, less than 13 years-old, by defendant Robert E. Bell, 28, of Toms River.

Robert E. Bell, 28, of Toms River. (NJ DMV)

The investigation continued alongside the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Unit which revealed that Bell had been engaging in a sexual relationship with the victim since June of 2018.

On February 15, Bell was arrested and charged with four counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:14-2a, five counts of Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:14-2b, and seven counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:24-4.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.

If anyone has additional information concerning this matter, please contact Toms River Police Detective Tom Grosse at 732-349-0150, extension 1263.

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