Morristown New Jersey Criminal Law Post

Morristown New Jersey
Criminal Law Post

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Travis J. Tormey, Esq.

Police Arrest Virginia Man Who Allegedly Engaged in Online Sex Chats with Montville NJ Teenager

Posted in Sex Crimes

Montville New Jersey Sexual Assault LawyersPolice recently arrested a Virginia man who allegedly sexually assaulted an underage girl from Montville, NJ.

According to officials, the 21-year-old suspect had been carrying on the online relationship with the young girl since October 2013. When the relationship allegedly started, the victim was only 12 years old.

The suspect, who lives in Waynesboro VA, allegedly sent several sexually explicit videos to the victim. Authorities also believe that the suspect received sexually explicit videos from the victim.

Law enforcement initially learned of the relationship when the girl informed someone that the suspect was threatening to post a video of her engaging in sexually explicit acts. The suspect was reportedly going to post the video on Instagram.

Police began an investigation into the suspect and listened in on a phone call between the victim and the suspect. During the phone conversation, the suspect allegedly acknowledged that he had participated in sexual video chats with the victim on prior occasions.

The suspect was placed under arrest in Virginia and charged with sex crimes, including sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the sexual assault charges in New Jersey, he faces severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2, sexual assault is a second degree felony. A conviction on second degree sexual assault charges could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison. The offender could also be subject to Megan’s Law sex offender registration requirements after he is released from prison.

Following his arrest, the suspect was extradited to New Jersey. He was then remanded to the Morris County Jail in Morristown, NJ, where he was being held on a $125,000 bail amount.

For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Va. Man Allegedly Had Online Sex with Montville Teen, Report Says.”

Budd Lake NJ Man Reportedly Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Arson, Admits Setting Fire to Apartment

Posted in Property Offenses

Budd Lake Aggravated Arson LawyersA Budd Lake New Jersey man reportedly admitted to authorities that he started a fire in his apartment.

According to authorities, the 34-year-old suspect pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated arson stemming from the fire in May 2014. The arson incident occurred at the suspect’s residence in Eagle Rock Village, an apartment complex in Budd Lake, NJ. Budd Lake is an unincorporated community within Mount Olive, New Jersey.

Authorities looked into the fire and eventually determined that it was likely a result of arson.

The suspect allegedly set fire to his apartment hoping that it would lead to a larger fire. The suspect reportedly placed a candle under a chair before opening valves to a couple of propane canisters.

Although other people were in adjoining apartments at the time, no one was injured as a result of the fire. Thankfully, firefighters were able to arrive on the scene quickly and put out the blaze before it went beyond the suspect’s apartment.

The suspect was later arrested and charged with second degree aggravated arson.

Now the suspect has reportedly pleaded guilty to the arson charges.

As a result of the suspect’s guilty plea, he is set to face severe penalties when he is formally sentenced. Morris County prosecutors are expected to recommend a sentence of 5 years in NJ State Prison. Additionally, the plea deal calls for the suspect to serve a minimum of 85 percent of the sentence before becoming eligible for release on parole.

For further information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Budd Lake Man Pleads Guilty to Arson, Report Says.”

Morris County Prosecutors Seek Forfeiture of Property Seized in Prostitution Investigations in Pequannock, Pompton Plains, Riverdale

Posted in Sex Crimes

Pequannock NJ Prostitution AttorneysMorris County authorities are seeking more than $9,000 seized during a number of prostitution investigations conducted by police in Pequannock, Pompton Plains, and Riverdale.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office recently filed three lawsuits for forfeiture of money seized during the investigations. The lawsuits also seek the forfeiture of a 2008 Lexus RX 350 and computer equipment found at the scenes.

The legal complaints were filed in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, New Jersey.

The prostitution investigations by Pequannock NJ police occurred during March and May. Undercover officers posed as potential customers at a massage parlor called Natural and Artificial Care, which is located on Newark-Pompton Turnpike in Pequannock NJ

According to authorities, the suspects offered to perform sexual favors at the end of the massages.

During a search of the massage parlor, law enforcement seized nearly $7,000 in cash, a 2008 Lexus RX 350, a computer monitor, and two iPads.

Police also seized cash and other property from a massage parlor called GW Center, which is located on Route 23 in Pompton Plains, NJ. During an undercover investigation, police officers posed as customers and were allegedly offered particular sex acts.

A subsequent search of the massage parlor reportedly turned up more than $1,200 in cash and a laptop computer.

Police busted another alleged prostitution business being operated out of Riverdale Therapy, which is located on Hamburg Turnpike in Riverdale, NJ. Undercover cops posed as patrons and were allegedly offered sexual services by employees.

A search of the premises reportedly led police to find more than $1,100 in cash, a computer monitor, and a laptop computer.

Now Morris County officials are seeking civil judgments for the forfeiture of property used in the course of the alleged criminal activities at the massage parlors. For example, it is believed that the car seized by police in Pequannock was used to make prostitution-related house calls and drive prostitutes to local residences.

As a result of the investigations, police arrested eight women. The suspects were charged with various sex crimes, including promoting prostitution, conspiracy to engage in prostitution, maintaining a nuisance, and operating a sexually oriented business within 1,000 feet of residential property.

For more information about this case, see the DailyRecord.com article entitled “Morris Prosecutor Seeks $9,273 Seized in Prostitution Probes.”

Madison New Jersey Man Faces Sexual Assault Charges in Pennsylvania

Posted in Drug Charges, Sex Crimes

Madison NJ Sexual Assault LawyersA Madison NJ man has been accused of attempted sexual assault after he allegedly set up a sexual encounter with a teen in Pennsylvania.

The suspect, a 31-year-old male, operates “Energetic DJs,” a business that sends DJs to perform at high school graduations and sweet 16 birthday parties in the Tri-State Area.

The suspect reportedly posted a personal ad online and tried to seek out a minor to engage in casual sex. When Pennsylvania police came across the ad, they started an investigation and contacted the suspect. An undercover state trooper posed as a 14-year-old girl and communicated online with the suspect.

The suspect allegedly made “graphic” and “sexually explicit” comments while the two spoke on the Internet.

At some point, the talk turned truly scary and the suspect allegedly arranged a meeting at a park in Paradise Township, Pennsylvania.

When the suspect arrived at the park, Pennsylvania State troopers were waiting to arrest him.

The Madison New Jersey man was subsequently charged with a several sex offenses under the PA Criminal Code, including attempted sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors, and unlawful contact with a minor.

Additionally, the suspect was charged with possession of marijuana because police allegedly found him with a small amount of pot when he showed up to the park.

After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect posted $100,000 bail and was released from police custody with a pending court date.

For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Man Who Deejays Sweet 16 Parties Tried to Meet with Teen for Sex, Cops Say.”

Butler New Jersey Firefighter Accused of Stealing Auto Parts, Donations to Firehouse

Posted in Fraud Offenses, Theft and Fraud Offenses

Butler NJ Theft of Movable Property LawyersA Butler NJ firefighter allegedly hid stolen auto parts at the local firehouse and stole donations to the Butler fire department.

According to Butler law enforcement, the 29-year-old suspect stole in excess of $5,000 worth of auto parts and then hid the stolen parts at the local firehouse, which is located on Carey Avenue in Butler, New Jersey.

After being placed under arrest, the all-volunteer fire company suspended the suspect and stripped him of his rank of captain. While the criminal charges against the suspect remain pending, he will be barred from participating in any activities associated with the Butler fire department.

In addition to volunteering with the Butler fire department, the suspect was also employed at Route 23 Auto Mall in Butler, New Jersey. Authorities believe that the suspect stole the auto parts from the business and then stashed them in a shed behind the Butler NJ firehouse.

After getting a tip about the alleged theft, detectives with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Butler police officers started an investigation.

The investigation eventually resulted in police charging the suspect with theft of movable property and receiving stolen property.

After being arrested on the stolen auto parts charges, the suspect posted $5,000 bail and was released from police custody

Now the suspect faces new charges for allegedly stealing donations intended for the Butler fire department. According to prosecutors, the suspect stole cash, as well as a $500 gift card.

The Butler Police Department is currently investigating the suspect. Anyone with information about the alleged theft or fraud crimes should contact investigators at 973-838-4100.

For more information about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “Butler Firefighter Accused of Theft Faces New Charges, Report Says.”

Hamburg New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Possession of Assault Rifle

Posted in Weapons Offenses

Hamburg NJ Handgun Possession ChargesA Hamburg NJ man recently pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm inside his residence.

The 24-year-old suspect appeared in Sussex County Superior Court in Newton NJ and reportedly pleaded guilty.

In March, Hamburg NJ police officers and members of the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office executed a search warrant at the suspect’s home. The search warrant reportedly dealt with an unrelated criminal matter.

During the search of the residence, law enforcement reportedly discovered an unloaded assault rifle. According to law enforcement, the assault rifle was not legally registered.

Additionally, police officers who searched the home allegedly came across several rounds of high-capacity ammunition magazines. Police reportedly found the ammo in a safe inside the home.

The suspect was arrested and charged with multiple weapons offenses, including second degree unlawful possession of an assault firearm and fourth degree possession of large capacity ammunition magazines.

After being placed under arrest, the suspect was transported to the Sussex County Jail. He was released after his parents posted $77,500 bail.

Now that the suspect has reached a plea agreement with Sussex County prosecutors and pleaded guilty to one of the weapons offenses, he will need to return to superior court in October for a sentencing hearing. The Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office reportedly expects to recommend that the suspect receive a sentence of probation.

For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Hamburg Man Had Assault Rifle, Authorities Say.”

Police Arrest Victory Gardens Man Accused of Robbing Gas Stations in Denville and Roxbury, New Jersey

Posted in Theft and Fraud Offenses, Weapons Offenses

Roxbury NJ Bank Robbery AttorneysPolice recently arrested a Victory Gardens man accused of committing three armed robberies at gas stations in Roxbury and Denville, New Jersey.

According to Morris County NJ prosecutors, the 24-year-old suspect robbed three gas stations in Roxbury and Denville in May and June.

Not long after the third armed robbery, a number of law enforcement agencies came together to conduct a joint investigation into the suspect. The Denville Police Department, the Roxbury Police Department, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Intelligence Unit were all involved in the investigation.

Investigators eventually got evidence linking the suspect to the three armed robberies.

When the suspect exited his residence early in the morning, police placed him under arrest.

The suspect was charged with multiple criminal offenses, including three counts of first degree armed robbery, three counts of third degree theft of movable property, and three counts of third degree terroristic threats. The suspect was also charged with second degree unlawful possession of a weapon.

If the suspect is ultimately convicted of the most serious armed robbery charges, he would be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who uses a deadly weapon like a handgun or a knife while committing a robbery can be sentenced to 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison.

After being arrested and processed, the suspect was transported to the Morris County Jail in Morristown, NJ. He was being held at the correctional facility in lieu of $300,000 bail.

For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Man Accused of Armed Robberies in Roxbury, Denville.”

Four Suspects Charged with Cocaine Distribution, Possession in Chester Borough, New Jersey

Posted in Drug Charges

Chester New Jersey Cocaine LawyersChester Borough NJ police recently arrested four individuals, including a father and a son, accused of dealing cocaine in the borough.

According to law enforcement, three of the suspects were involved in a cocaine distribution ring.

The arrests were made at the end of a two-month investigation into the suspects. Authorities began the investigation after learning of cocaine being distributed in Chester Borough, NJ. The joint investigation was conducted by the Chester Borough Police Department, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit, and the prosecutor’s office Narcotics Task Force.

Once investigators obtained evidence of the suspects’ involvement, they executed a search warrant at a house located in the Long Valley section of Washington Township, New Jersey. A subsequent search of the residence allegedly turned up 262 grams of cocaine, drug packaging materials, drug distribution materials, and $15,000 in cash.

Additionally, police seized a large amount of cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $16,000.

Members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task force placed the four suspects under arrest.

Three of the suspects reside in Long Valley and allegedly played major roles in the drug distribution ring. The suspects include a 42-year-old man, his 19-year-old son, and a 24-year-old man. All three suspects face charges for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine.

The three cocaine distribution suspects are being housed at the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown NJ on separate $250,000 bail amounts.

The fourth suspect is a 34-year-old man who lives in Long Valley. Police do not believe he was involved in the cocaine distribution ring. He faces charges for third degree possession of cocaine. After being arrested and processed, he was released from police custody with a pending court date.

To learn more about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Father, Son Charged in Chester Coke Ring Bust.”

Florham Park Accountant Admits Forging Company Check, Pleads Guilty to Theft by Deception

Posted in Fraud Offenses, Theft and Fraud Offenses

Florham Park NJ Forgery ChargesA man who used to work as an accountant for Kushner Co. in Florham Park NJ has pleaded guilty to forging a company check in the amount of $125,000.

The 34-year-old suspect, who hails from East Orange, served as a staff accountant for Kushner Co. in Florham Park, New Jersey.

According to authorities, the suspect conspired with a construction vendor to cash the massive check at Jersey City Check Cashing in Jersey City, NJ. The construction vendor did not have authorization to receive payments from the business.

After learning about the fraudulent activity, law enforcement started an investigation into the suspect. The Florham Park Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit conducted a joint investigation and eventually found enough evidence to charge the suspect.

Now the suspect has reportedly reached a plea deal and admitted to the fraud. The suspect recently made an appearance in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown NJ and pleaded guilty to forgery. The guilty plea came after the suspect made a deal with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

The suspect entered guilty pleas for several theft and fraud charges, including second degree theft by deception.

Under the terms of the plea deal, prosecutors will likely recommend that the suspect serve 3 years in NJ State Prison. Prosecutors also intend to recommend that the suspect be ordered to pay restitution.

The suspect is scheduled to make another appearance in Morris County Superior Court in October for sentencing.

For more information about this case, go to the DailyRecord.com article entitled “Man Admits Stealing $125K from Florham Park Employer.”

Parsippany Man Found Guilty of Sexual Assault of Underage Girl, Faces Decades in Prison

Posted in Sex Crimes

Parsippany New Jersey Sexual Assault SuspectA Lake Hiawatha New Jersey man was found guilty of sexually assaulting an underage girl over the course of a nine-year period in Mount Olive, NJ.

The 58-year-old suspect, who currently owns a music production and engineering studio in the Lake Hiawatha section of Parsippany-Troy Hills, was convicted at the conclusion of a two-week trial in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, NJ.

The sexual abuse occurred while the victim was between the ages of 7 and 16.

During the trial, Morris County NJ prosecutors presented evidence and testimony that the suspect sexually assaulted the victim on multiple occasions in Mount Olive between 1986 and 1995. According to prosecutors in the case, the suspect knew the victim because he was an acquaintance of her family.

The victim testified in court that the suspect sexually abused her in three different locations. The suspect’s defense attorney attempted to counter the victim’s testimony by suggesting that she was “vengeful” and that she was lying about the suspect because she is now upset with the state of her life.

At the conclusion of the two-week trial, a Morris County jury rendered a guilty verdict on first degree aggravated sexual assault charges and second degree sexual assault charges.

After the verdict was handed down, the superior court judge revoked the suspect’s $300,000 bail. The suspect will have to remain at the Morris County Jail in Morristown until formal sentencing in September.

When the suspect returns to Morris County Superior Court for sentencing, he faces up to 20 years in NJ State Prison on the first degree aggravated sexual assault charges.

For additional information about this case, see the DailyRecord.com article entitled “Parsippany Music Producer Guilty of Child Sex Abuse.”