Cops: Cortlandt man had sex with girl, 14

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A Cortlandt man faces extradition to New Jersey, where cops say he molested a 14-year-old girl while on vacation in 2012.

Marc Santiago, 24, took a trip to Seaside Park, N.J., in August of 2012. While he was staying in the waterfront community, he had sex with the girl, whom he "knew through his family," State Police Investigator Sean J. Morgan said.

Santiago and his victim are not related.

State Police, working with the Ocean County, N.J., prosecutor's office, arrested Santiago on Thursday in Cortlandt Manor. He was arraigned in Peekskill City Court as a fugitive from justice and was sent to Westchester County Jail, where he remained Thursday afternoon without the possibility of posting bail.

Police also searched Santiago's home. It wasn't clear whether they removed any evidence.

Morgan said that he will support extradition so that Santiago can face charges of sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child there. Extradition typically takes a few business days.

Police want to hear from anyone who knew of Santiago's alleged offenses in New Jersey, although Morgan said there's no evidence the Cortlandt man molested other children.

"We have no reason to suspect that right now, unless more victims come forward," he said.

Anyone with information can call State Police at 914-737-7171. All calls will remain confidential.

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