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'Cake Boss' child-sex case heats up

All the ingredients are there. Now the next question to be decided: are the charges against the "Cake Boss" guy fully baked?

Prosecutors have sent the child-sex case of Remigio "Remy" Gonzalez, the 32-year-old decorator of TLC's popular reality series, to a grand jury to decide whether to issue a formal indictment.

The heat is on, indeed.

After hearing arguments from Morris County Deputy District Attorney Meg Rodriguez during a brief hearing Tuesday, Judge Philip Maenza decided to grant the prosecution request to forward the case to a grand jury for review.

Morristown, N.J., police arrested Gonzalez on Aug. 17, accusing him of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old twice between September 2009 and March 9, 2010.

The brother-in-law of "Cake Boss" guru Buddy Valastro appeared in court handcuffed and said nothing. His lawyer, Ricardo Rodriguez, told the judge that he hasn't had enough time to fully examine the enormous case file totalling 291 pages.

Neither the D.A.'s office nor the defense team would immediately comment after the hearing.

Gonzalez remains behind bars in a Morris County lockup, not having enough money to pay the $300,000 bond. He faces two counts each of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated criminal sexual contact and criminal sexual contact.

A police affidavit quoted two witnesses whose names were not disclosed as telling investigators that the reality TV personality had at first denied any wrongdoing and then tearfully admitted to the sex crimes after they threatened to have the teen examined by a doctor. No word on the victim's gender.