Jose Reyes liked kids. So much so that he often babysat for various children, and worked in the child care portion of a gym. Perhaps Reyes liked them too much, and for the wrong reasons- because police say he's now been arrested and charged with molesting a now 17 year old boy for incidents that happened over a three year period starting when the boy was just 9.
Assistant Prosecutor Robert Laurino said Reyes was a friendly neighbor back then and was enthusiastic about babysitting for all kinds of children.
"He would watch over the young man and at times would take him to his house," Laurino said at a news conference in Newark on Thursday afternoon. "Apparently he enjoyed babysitting and therefore any other individuals that he knew he would offer himself as a babysitter."
Reyes has since moved from Bloomfield to Newark and when prosecutors went to check on his whereabouts they were alarmed to find him working in the child care center of an upscale gym in Short Hills.