Two Missouri men have been arrested on first degree aggravated sexual assault charges stemming from incidents that occurred in Beachwood between 2001 and 2007.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer and Beachwood Police Chief Robert Tapp announced the arrests of Pedro Manzano and Juan Manzano on charges from incidents which occurred in the borough.

They were arrested following an investigation that began when the victims came forward and disclosed acts of sexual abuse to detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Beachwood Police Department.

Investigators determined that the perpetrators of the abuse presently reside in Missouri.

Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Unit traveled to Missouri and arrested the Manzanos with the assistance of the Cameron Police Department and St. Joseph Police Department.

Further details regarding the alleged incidents and accused suspects has not been released.

Pedro Manzano, 46, of Cameron, Missouri, was arrested and charged with two counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2a; Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2b; and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3a.

He is currently lodged in the Clinton County (Missouri) Jail.

Manzano has agreed to be extradited to New Jersey to answer for these charges.

He will thereafter be lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Juan Manzano, 52, of St. Joseph, Missouri, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2a and Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2b.

He is currently lodged in the Buchanan County (Missouri) Jail, and is contesting extradition to New Jersey.

“While the public should take comfort in the fact that these suspects are in custody, this remains an ongoing investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming. Anyone with additional information concerning these individuals should contact Sergeant Jason Steele or Detective Stephanie Bayha of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 929-2027, or Detective David Bowden of the Beachwood Police Department at (732) 341-1242,” Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said.

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