Police: Burlington County Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting Child Misses Court Date

New Jersey – A Marlton man has been indicted on charges of having sex in his home last year with an underage girl he met through a messaging app, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina.

Charles E. Torrence, 50, of the 300 block of Summer Lane, was indicted on four counts of Sexual Assault (Second Degree), two counts of Luring or Enticing a Child (Second Degree), four counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Third Degree), two counts of Criminal Attempt Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Third Degree) and Promoting Prostitution (Third Degree).

Police say the investigation began in June 2019 after law enforcement authorities from Ocean County, where the victim resides, contacted the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and indicated she had come forward with her parents to report the assault.

The investigation revealed that Torrence and the victim met through the Kik social media app and corresponded by texting and using FaceTime for approximately one week before he traveled to her home and returned with her to his residence to have sexual intercourse, according to police. (For more information about Kik, visit https://www.facebook.com/newjerseyicactaskforce/posts/1257972971049671).

Torrence’s criminal behavior in Ocean County was incorporated into the charges filed in Burlington County, said Coffina . He was arrested in June 2019 and released pending the outcome of the charges. He subsequently failed to appear for a Superior Court proceeding and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Officials said he is considered a fugitive. Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts is asked to call the Evesham Township Police Department at 856-983-1116 or the department’s confidential tip line at 856-983-4699.