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Newark man faces child sex charges; mummified remains found

The Associated Press

Newark, N.J. – Police responding to a call about child sexual abuse say they found mummified remains and an altar to a deity in the home of a man who is now facing charges.

Robert Williams is due for an initial court appearance Friday. He is charged with crimes including aggravated sexual assault, child endangerment and desecration of human remains.

In this undated photo provided by the Essex Co. Prosecutor's Office shows Robert Williams, 53, of Newark.  Williams is facing multiple charges after police found mummified remains in a closet in his home. Williams is due for an initial court appearance on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. He's charged with multiple crimes including aggravated sexual assault, child endangerment and desecration of human remains.

According to the Essex County prosecutor’s office, Newark police investigated after receiving reports that the 53-year-old Williams had been abusing a 13-year-old child for several months.

Authorities say a search of Williams’ home on Thursday uncovered human remains stuffed in a bin in a closet. Investigators also saw an object believed to be an altar to an unknown deity.

It’s not known whether Williams has an attorney who can comment on the charges.