Girls sexually assaulted by fencing instructor in Bridgewater: cops

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – A Somerset County fencing coach has been charged with sexually assaulting girls in Bridgewater.

Stephen Kovacs, 49, of Ridge Road in Watchung, has been charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault and two third-degree counts endangering the well-being of a child, Somerset County Attorney Michael H. Robertson said.

Kovacs is the owner and founder of Kaprica United Fencing Academy in Bridgewater and was also officially the Head Boys’ Fencing Coach at Ridge High School, according to his Facebook page and the Bernards Township School District website. He was also a fencing coach for Dukes University and previously for the Stevens Institute of Technology, according to Kovacs. LinkedIn page.

“I have no comment except that this person has not worked for the Bernards Township School District in any capacity since February 2021,” said Bernards Township School District Superintendent Nick Markarian.

On September 30, it was reported to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office that a 16-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted by fencing instructor Kovacs.

As a result of that investigation, the girl disclosed incidents of sexual assault that took place in Bridgewater from August to September of this year.

On October 7, a 19-year-old girl also said she was sexually assaulted by fencing instructor Kovacs when she was 18, Robertson said.

As a result of that investigation, the girl said the sexual assaults took place in Bridgewater from January 2020 to December 2020, Robertson said.

Kovacs was arrested on October 13 at the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office by detectives from the Sex Crimes / Child Abuse Unit without incident. Kovacs was taken to Somerset County Jail pending a bail hearing.

On Tuesday October 19, Kovacs was released from Somerset County Jail following his detention hearing.

A subsequent follow-up investigation revealed that Kovacs made false affidavits during his detention hearing. On Friday October 22, Kovacs was arrested at his home without incident by members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and charged with false fourth degree oaths.

Kovacs was taken to Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Anyone with information relating to the sexual assault is urged to contact the Sex Crimes Unit of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at 908-231-7100 or the Township of Bridgewater Police Department at 908-722-4111 or via the STOPit application.

Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers information line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stoppers advice will be kept confidential.

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