Prosecutors: Man paid woman so he could sexually assault girls

Authorities say that Alfredo Rosales (right) paid Esperanza

Authorities say that Alfredo Rosales (right) paid Esperanza Mani-Cortez (left) so that he could have sex with two under-aged girls. (Credit: Bergen County Prosecutor's Office)

ENGLEWOOD - Prosecutors say a Bergen County man paid a Philadelphia woman so he could sexually assault two young girls for several years.

Alfredo Rosales, of Englewood, and Esperanza Mani-Cortez each face three counts of aggravated sexual assault, two counts each of sexual assault and child endangerment and single counts of aggravated criminal sexual contact.

Bergen County prosecutors say they learned Friday that Rosales, 51, might be engaging in sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl. They say an investigation determined Rosales had been sexually assaulting the teen and a 12-year-old girl, and that the assaults on both girls had been occurring since 2010.

Authorities wouldn't say whether Rosales or Mani-Cortez, 44, were related to the children. They say Mani-Cortez made the girls available in return for "financial compensation."

It wasn't known Monday if either suspect has retained an attorney.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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