Ocean County beset by string of recent sexual assaults
(01/07/05) LAKEWOOD ? Investigators and residents in Ocean County are trying to come to grips with a recent string of area sexual assaults.
According to authorities, there have been seven incidents in the county during a seven-day span. Police officials say the most recent assault involved a 7-year-old girl being forced to watch pornographic movies and perform a sex act on a 25-year-old man. The ages of other assault victims, according to police, range from a 32-month-old child to a 47-year-old adult.
Investigators attribute the spike in alleged sex assaults to an excess of alcohol during the holiday season. According to psychologist Rosemarie Poverman, a mentally unstable individual who consumes alcohol during the holidays may let their inhibitions down. That type of situation could lead to an assault.