Paterson NJ police officers met with 23-year-old Gus Galianos and the girl while investigating a different matter. At that time, the girl informed the officers that she had engaged in sexual activity with Mr. Galianos at his home in Emerson, New Jersey.
The police officers took the girl to St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson, where she spoke with members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office's Special Victims Unit. After confirming the girl's account of events, police officers arrested Mr. Galianos.
Earlier that week, the girl's father had reported her missing when she failed to return home after school. According to prosecutors, Mr. Galianos met the girl in New York and drove her to New Jersey.
In New Jersey, sexual assault is codified in N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2b. As set forth by the statute, sexual assault is a second degree felony. In this case, a conviction could result in Mr. Galianos being sentenced to as many as 10 years in NJ State Prison. Since sexual assault convictions are subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA), Mr. Galianos would be required to serve at least 85% of any sentence that he receives.
For more information about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled "Emerson Man Sexually Assaulted Missing 13-Year-Old Girl, Prosecutor Says."