Sexual Assaults

John Sargent, 22 of Somers Point, was charged for the fourth time with breaking into apartment units at The Gates at Somers Point complex and sexual assaulting teenage girls Thursday.

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SOMERS POINT — A city man is charged with breaking into a home at The Gates at Somers Point apartments and sexually assaulting a teenage girl, his fourth victim in the area in less than two months, police said.

John Sargent, 22, climbed through a window of an apartment unit in The Gates and sexually assaulted a 17-year-old female about 1 a.m. Thursday, Somers Point police Chief Michael Boyd said. Sargent was later arrested at his home and charged with burglary and sexual assault.

On Friday afternoon, residents of The Gates said they were relieved to hear an arrest was made.

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“I’ve got two babies, two little girls,” Kenneth Lynn said. “That’s not cool for a father to have to hear something like that.”

Bobbie Walker, a single mother who lives in the complex with her children, said she hadn’t heard about the incident but was glad Sargent was arrested.

“That’s why I don’t sleep with my windows open,” Walker said. “It’s sad. I heard things keep happening over here.”

On Aug. 31, Sargent was arrested and charged with breaking into three Somers Point homes in the middle of the night and sexually assaulting teenage females, two juveniles and an 18-year-old.

One of those incidents took place in a unit at The Gates. The others were in the 100 block of Johnson Avenue and the 600 block of West Maryland Avenue. Sargent was later released on $75,000 bail.

Boyd said Sargent was being held at the Atlantic County jail on $500,000 bail.

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