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A Monmouth County Grand Jury has returned a 10-count indictment against three men in connection with alleged sexual contact against a minor at a Red Bank eatery where they all had previously worked together, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced on Aug. 30.

Trinidad Mendez-Romero, 31, of Tinton Falls, and Eduardo Jimenez-Berdejo, 34,
of Red Bank, were both indicted on two counts each of third degree endangering the
welfare of a child and two counts each of fourth degree criminal sexual contact, according to a press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Jesus E. Reyes-Rodriguez, 35, of Red Bank, was indicted on one count of third degree
endangering the welfare of a child and one count of fourth degree criminal sexual
contact, according to the press release.

The charges are in connection with multiple cases of alleged sexual contact with an underage female co-worker at two separate Red Bank restaurants. The incidents allegedly took place on various dates between June 2020 and Feb. 10, 2021.

If convicted of endangering the welfare of a child, Jimenez-Berdejo, Reyes-Rodriguez and Mendez-Romero would face a sentence of up to five years imprisonment in a state prison. In addition, they would be required to register under Megan’s Law.

If convicted of criminal sexual contact, Jimenez-Berdejo, Reyes-Rodriguez and
Mendez-Romero face a sentence on each count of 18 months in a state prison, according to the press release.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Nicole Wallace.


McOmber McOmber& Luber, P.C., has welcomed a new associate, Valerie Mayzelshteyn, who will litigate employment and civil litigation matters throughout New Jersey.

Mayzelshteyn will concentrate on representing plaintiffs in employment discrimination, hostile work environment and sexual harassment cases. She will work out of the firm’s Red Bank location, according to a press release.

Before joining the firm, Mayzelshteyn was employed as a law clerk at McOmber McOmber & Luber.

Mayzelshteyn received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University in 2017. She earned her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2020 and was admitted to practice law in New Jersey in 2021.


Lunch Break, which is based in Red Bank, has been selected as a charity partner for Acme to receive donations from the supermarket’s annual Nourishing Neighbors campaign to ensure every child has access to a healthy breakfast.

All donations made at the Fair Haven (576 River Road), Lincroft (616 Newman Springs Road) and Little Silver (507 Prospect St.) Acme stores will be used to support Lunch Break’s mission of providing food, clothing, fellowship and life skills to those in need in Monmouth County and beyond, according to a press release.

Lunch Break has been providing social services and food to financially struggling families and individuals for 38 years, since its inception in 1983 by the late Norma Todd and local community leaders.

Nourishing Neighbors, a charitable program of the Acme Markets Foundation, is working to eradicate childhood hunger in America. Donations may be made at checkout from Sept. 1-30.

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