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Phillipsburg man arrested on charges of sexual assault with minor

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. - A 69-year-old man of Phillipsburg was arrested Nov. 2 on charges of sexual assault with a minor. 

Officials say Thomas Degroat committed multiple acts of sexual contact including sexual penetration, specifically digital penetration, upon a child under 13 years old. Degroat knew the child, according to detectives.

He remains in the Warren County Correctional Center after the state filed a motion for pretrial detention. 

The charges Degroat faces are aggravated sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and sexual assault by contact. If proven guilty on certain charges, Degroat could spend up to 10 years to life in imprisonment. 

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