Summit, NJ, man charged with molesting 6 children in robotics lab

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SUMMIT – A 60-year-old man who co-founded a children’s Summit robotics lab has been charged with assaulting six children while giving them instructions.

Christopher P. Marbaix was originally arrested in November 2020, by which time he had already been removed from his role at Robot Revolution, according to a statement previously released to Patch.

A Union County grand jury returned a 14-count indictment against Marbaix, who was charged with sex crimes against six college students, Union County District Attorney William Daniel announced Thursday.

He is charged with five counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child under 13, six counts of second-degree endangerment of the welfare of a child and three counts of criminal sexual interference in the fourth. degree with a child.

According to a joint investigation by the Summit Police Department’s Juvenile Detective Unit and the District Attorney’s Office Special Victims Unit, Marbaix inappropriately touched the victims, all between the ages of 9 and 15, while they were under his personal instruction at Robot Revolution on several occasions from September 2015 to December 2018.

Robotic Revolution (Google Maps)

Between the time of Marbaix’s arrest and now, investigators have filed six additional charges involving three new victims.

“Children striving to learn should be able to do so safely, and the alleged actions of this defendant have impacted that right,” Daniel said in a written statement.

“Robot Revolution took an immediate and proactive approach to these events in 2018,” according to a statement made to Patch in November 2020, which listed Marbaix as an ex-partner who had not been with the company for two years.

Remaining partner Davin Czukoski worked with his wife to reinvent the program and added strict policies and procedures as well as numerous safety measures, according to the same report.

The Robot Revolution website describes the program as the largest robotics school in the state, having taught more than 3,000 students since it opened nine years ago.

Anyone with information regarding Marbaix’s activities is urged to contact Summit Police Department Capt. Ryan Peters at 908-277-9380.

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