49-Year-Old New Jersey Man Who Won A $338-Million Powerball Jackpot Arrested For Child Sexual Assault

49-year-old Pedro Quezada, who was the winner of a huge amount $338-million Powerball jackpot back in 2013, has been taken into custody and charged with child sexual assault.

Camelia Valdes, the Passaic County prosecutor, told that he was involved in the sexual assault of a girl. Quezada tortured her for 3 years. He began assaulting her when she was just 11-years-old. The location of the assaults was Passaic, where Quezada lived at the time. It is also confirmed by the authorities that it seems no other individual was involved with him in the assault.

On Tuesday, he was taken into custody and was charged with multiple offenses including:

  • First-degree aggravated sexual assault
  • Two counts of second-degree sexual assault
  • One count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child

Quezada was ordered by the judge to be held without bail and he is at the Passaic County Jail. The police haven’t made further information about his arrest public.

Steve Wukovits, the lawyer representing him said, “He has money. That’s why he’s being targeted in this case.”

On Monday, he is summoned to the court for a detention hearing. A plea is not entered till now by the lawyer.

According to an earlier report, one of the biggest jackpots was won by Quezada. He took his winnings in a lump-sum payout that totaled $152 million after taxes.

Quezada was interviewed when he won the jackpot almost 4 years ago. He told the reporters how he bought the winning ticket during a daily walk to a local liquor store. After winning the amount, he said, “My life will change because of it — so much money. But it will not change my heart.”

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