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Posted: September 21, 2017

$338M Powerball winner accused of child sex abuse

Winner Of $338M Powerball Jackpot Accused Of Child Sex Abuse

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$338M Powerball winner accused of child sex abuse
In this April 1, 2013, file photo, Pedro Quezada, right, winner of a $338 million Powerball jackpot, swears to tell the truth through an interpreter during a hearing about child support payments for three of his five children in state Superior Court in Paterson, N.J. Quezada, of Wayne, N.J., has been charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes said Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. The prosecutor said the child was between 11 and 14 when the assaults occurred, and there don't appear to be any other victims. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

PASSAIC COUNTY, N.J. —

A New Jersey man who made headlines in 2013 when he won a $338 million Powerball jackpot has been arrested on suspicion of child sexual assault, according to multiple reports.

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Pedro Quezada, 49, is accused of sexually assaulting a girl over the course of three years, starting when she was 11 years old, NJ.com reported. He faces charges of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes said.

It was not immediately clear when the sexual abuse was alleged to have occurred.

A judge ordered Quezada held without bail Wednesday, according to The Record. His attorney, Steve Wukovits, told the newspaper that his client was targeted.

“He has money,” Wukovits told The Record. “That’s why he’s being targeted in this case.”

Quezada won a $338 million Powerball jackpot in 2013 and took his winnings in a lump-sum payout that amounted to $152 million after taxes, NJ.com reported.

“My life will change because of it – so much money – but it will not change my heart,” Quezada said after his win.

Quezada is scheduled to appear in court for a detention hearing Sept. 25.


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