The following is a press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office:
A Monmouth County grand jury returned a 2-count indictment last Monday charging an Eatontown pediatric surgeon with having criminal sexual contact with a 17-year-old patient, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Dr. Saad Saad, 72, of Red Bank, is charged in the indictment with second degree Endangering the Welfare of Child and fourth degree Criminal Sexual Contact. The charges stem from an incident occurring on May 1, 2017 during an examination of a 17-year-old female patient during an office visit at Meridian Pediatric Surgical Associates in Eatontown Borough. The investigation by the Eatontown Police Department was eventually referred to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO), Special Victim's Bureau.
If convicted of Endangering the Welfare of Child, Saad faces a sentence of five to ten years in a New Jersey state prison. If convicted of Criminal Sexual Contact, he faces up to 18 months in state prison.
Anyone with additional information regarding these charges or any similar incidents is urged to call (800) 533-7443 to speak with MCPO Detective Michael Magliozzo or Detective Jason Cardamoni of the Eatontown Police Department at (732) 389-7629.
Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous, but has information about a crime can contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400; can text "MONMOUTH" plus their tip to 274637; or, they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com. Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of criminals and fugitives.
The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fichter. Robert A. Honecker, Esq., of Ocean Township, represents Saad.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.