N.J. man accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting West Newton girl | TribLIVE.com
Westmoreland

N.J. man accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting West Newton girl

Jeff Himler
1352063_web1_GavelNewN

A New Jersey man is charged with the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl who went missing from her West Newton home Tuesday.

Andrew X. Carnegie-Blackman, 23, of Highland Park, was arrested Thursday on charges of kidnapping, human trafficking, criminal sexual contact and two counts each of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, Highland Park Police Chief Rick Abrams and Middlesex County, N.J., Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said in a news release.

The Tribune-Review does not identify potential victims of sexual assault.

A preliminary investigation determined that Carnegie-Blackman drove to Pennsylvania to pick up the teen after he allegedly met and recruited her on social media. According to court documents, he made arrangements with the girl to transport her on Tuesday from her home to his New Jersey residence to engage in sexual activity.

West Newton police on Wednesday notified Highland Park police about the runaway and asked them to check a Highland Park residence. Police went to the home, found the girl and took Carnegie-Blackman into custody on Thursday, according to the release.

Court documents indicate Carnegie-Blackman is accused of using force or coercion while engaging in sexual conduct that would “impair or debauch the morals of the victim,” who “did not sustain severe personal injury.”

She was taken to a hospital for assessment, according to the documents.

Carnegie-Blackman also is charged with tampering with physical evidence. Police allege he deleted phone records of his communications with the teen.

He was scheduled for an initial court appearance Friday.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: Local | Westmoreland
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.