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Irishman charged in New Jersey

Luke Moorehouse was arrested March 18, charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting someone in New Jersey on February 19.Getty Images

Luke Moorehouse, an 18-year-old Irishman, has been charged with the abduction and sexual assault of a woman at a house party in New Jersey in February.

Moorehouse, who holds an Irish passport, has been arrested and charged with 1st degree kidnapping, 2nd degree sexual assault and 4th degree criminal sexual interference, the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office in New Jersey announced. Saturday March 18.

The prosecutor’s office said that on February 19, 2023, a woman reported being sexually assaulted by an unknown man while attending a house party on Easton Avenue in New Brunswick City, New Jersey.

Anyone with information or surveillance footage has been asked to contact Detective Brandt Gregus of the New Brunswick Police Department at 732-745-5217 or Detective Giovanni Diaz of the District Attorney’s Office Special Victims Unit. Middlesex County at 732-745-4312.

The prosecutor’s office noted that, as is the case with all defendants, the charges against Moorehouse are only accusations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

On February 19, Chief Kenneth Cop of the Rutgers University Police Department said the victim, whose identity has not been released, is affiliated with Rutgers University, which has a large campus in the east of Brunswick.

The victim allegedly told police she was going to the bathroom when an unidentified man entered the room, closed the door behind him and sexually assaulted her.

According to court records, the victim attended Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick after the alleged assault and underwent a sexual assault forensic examination, more commonly known as a rape kit.

Court records also show the woman suffered wrist and knee injuries in the attack.

My Central Jersey reports that court documents showed Moorehouse was arrested in New Jersey on March 17 at a Paterson Street nightclub after he apparently posted a photo of himself at the club on social media.

Detectives went to the nightclub, found Moorehouse inside, and arrested him. He was taken to the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in northern Brunswick.

The victim identified Moorehouse through surveillance footage and his identity was later confirmed using his Irish passport and photos from US Customs and Border Protection.

Detectives have released witness statements that support the victim’s claims, according to court records.

During Moorehouse’s arrest, the Rutgers University Police Department said on March 20 that the suspect was not affiliated with the university.


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