Rockaway Township Police Officer Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Minors

Sexual Assault Charges for Rockaway Township CopA Morris County grand jury recently indicted a Rockaway Township police officer on sex offense charges for allegedly sexually assaulting two juvenile girls while he was on active duty. The suspect is Wilfredo Guzman, a 40-year-old man who resides in Rockaway Township and who served with the Rockaway Township Police Department. Guzman has been suspended without pay, pending the outcome of his criminal charges.

According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Guzman engaged in acts involving sexual penetration with a 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl in 2014 and 2015. Some of those acts reportedly occurred at a police station at the Rockaway Townsquare mall, at a motel in Rockaway Township, NJ, and in Guzman’s police patrol vehicle while he was on duty. Morris County prosecutors have also allegedly that Guzman provided the minors with alcohol and prescription drugs.

NJ Sexual Assault Charges & Penalties

Guzman has been charged with several criminal offenses, including sexual assault, child endangerment, official misconduct, and possession of child pornography. All of the criminal charges have been classified as felonies, meaning that they could result in severe penalties like prison time, fines, and Megan’s Law sex offender registration requirements. Beyond that, sexual assault has a presumption of incarceration: if convicted, Guzman would likely be unable to get a probationary sentence to stay out jail.

When Guzman was arrested in April, he agreed to wear an electronic monitoring device in order to get released from the Morris County Jail in Morristown. Additionally, Guzman was ordered to abide by the terms of a no-contact order barring him from contact with either of the two alleged victims. If Guzman violates the no-contact order, he could be charged with more crimes under N.J.S.A. 2C:29-9.

Guzman has now been indicted by a grand jury, which means that he could eventually stand trial on the sex crime charges in Morris County Superior Court. If Guzman does not reach a pre-trial plea agreement, his fate would probably be decided by a jury. In addition to facing legal consequences, Guzman could also permanently lose his job with the Rockaway Township Police Department if he is ultimately convicted in the case. (Guzman is currently suspended from his role with the police force.)

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A conviction for a sex crime in New Jersey could destroy your life. Not only could you end up behind bars for a very long time, but you could also find your employment, your reputation, and your family life affected in a negative way. The best way to fight back against sex crime charges in NJ is to have a qualified criminal defense attorney on your side early in the process. Travis Tormey is an experienced criminal lawyer who is prepared to defend clients against sexual assault charges in Rockaway Township, Morristown, Parsippany, and everywhere else in Morris County, NJ.

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Morris County, NJ Man Charged with Lewdness in Delaware

Lewdness Charges for Morristown ManA Morristown, New Jersey man was recently placed on leave from his high-ranking executive position at an Essex County, NJ hospital after he was arrested for allegedly committing numerous sex offenses in Delaware.

The suspect is 57-year-old Gerald Picerno, who resides in Morristown NJ and who reportedly serves as the chief strategy officer at RWJBarnabas Health in West Orange, NJ. According to authorities, Picerno faces criminal charges after law enforcement in Delaware connected him to multiple incidents involving lewd behavior around the University of Delaware campus. The first three incidents reportedly occurred during a span of a few hours on September 15. Picerno allegedly put a lewd note on a chair outside a residence on South Chapel Street. Later, Picerno allegedly walked toward a woman seated in a car parked along the 100 block of East Main Street and started to masturbate. Then, less than a half-hour after that incident, Picerno allegedly removed his clothing and approached two females in a parking lot on the 200 block of East Main Street. The fourth lewd incident happened one month later, on October 15, with Picerno allegedly exposing himself to a person at the Roselle Center for the Arts on the University of Delaware campus.

Police detectives in Delaware investigated the alleged sex crimes and eventually identified Picerno as a possible suspect. Investigators reportedly matched Picerno’s fingerprints to the harassing letter that was left at the first residence and detectives reportedly got video surveillance footage showing Picerno walking around the University of Delaware campus at the time of the lewd sex acts.

Significant Penalties for Sex Crime Convictions

Picerno faces numerous criminal charges, including charges for lewdness, indecent exposure, criminal trespassing, and harassment. Moreover, since police in Delaware are still investigating Picerno, it’s possible that additional charges could be forthcoming. Although the criminal charges were filed in Delaware, a conviction could affect Picerno in his home state of NJ as well.

In addition to facing criminal charges in Delaware, Picerno’s job at RWJBarnabas in New Jersey could be in jeopardy because of his alleged criminal misconduct. Not long after Delaware authorities placed Picerno under arrest, an RWJBarnabas spokesperson sent an email to the media and stated that Picerno had been “placed on leave.”

Contact an Aggressive Morris County, NJ Criminal Defense Attorney Who Will Help You Fight Sex Crime Charges

When it comes to sex crime charges in NJ, or in another state, it is imperative that you build a strong defense right from the beginning. That’s because even being accused of a sex offense can cause serious problems in your personal life and affect your social relationships and employment status.

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Sex Crime Lawyer in Roxbury NJA former assistant principal at a high school in Roxbury, NJ has pleaded guilty to sexual offense charges for touching a juvenile on the testicles.

The suspect is a 57-year-old resident of Rockaway Township in Morris County, New Jersey. He was an assistant principal at Roxbury High School and, before that, worked as a police officer in Clifton, NJ.

According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect committed a sex crime by inappropriately touching a minor on the testicles during horseplay. The victim was 14 years old when the incident occurred. At the time, the victim was reportedly staying at the suspect’s residence in Rockaway Township.

The suspect initially faced criminal charges for child endangerment, criminal sexual contact, and aggravated criminal sexual contact. He later reached a plea deal with Morris County prosecutors pleaded guilty to charges for abuse.

It is expected that the suspect will be sentenced to one years in the Morris County Jail in Morristown. The suspect will also be barred from working as a school administrator in NJ.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Ex-Assistant HS Principal Admits to Touching Teen.”

Denville NJ Sex Crime AttorneysA Denville, NJ man was placed under arrest and charged with sexually assaulting a young child that he was supposed to be babysitting.

The suspect is a 19-year-old who resides in Denville in Morris County, New Jersey. According to Morris County prosecutors, the suspect committed sex offenses on several occasions while he was babysitting the underage victim.

The suspect has been accused of sexually assaulting the child in 2016. At the time of the alleged assaults, the suspect was 18 years old and the victim was just four years old.

The Denville Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a joint investigation into the allegations and eventually brought charges against the suspect.

The suspect faces criminal charges for aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. If he is ultimately convicted of the sex crimes, he could spend a very long time behind bars in New Jersey State Prison.

For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Babysitter Charged with Assaulting 4-Year-Old, Report Says.”

Morris Plains Child Pornography LawyersA Morris Plains NJ man faces criminal charges for possession of child pornography after police reportedly found images and videos of underage children engaged in sex acts on the man’s computer.

The suspect is a 60-year-old resident of Morris Plains, New Jersey. The NJ Attorney General’s Office launched an investigation after receiving information that the suspect had downloaded child pornography from the internet. A search of the suspect’s home in Morris Plains, NJ allegedly led to the discovery of more than 100 files containing images and videos of child pornography.

The suspect was eventually arrested and charged with multiple sex crimes, including possession of child pornography and endangering the welfare of a child.

After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was remanded to the Morris County Jail in Morristown, NJ. However, he was later released from police custody.

As part of the suspect’s release from jail in advance of pre-trial hearings, he will have to pass a psychological evaluation. Additionally, the suspect was ordered to limit his use of the Internet and stay off social media sites.

For more information about this case, check out the DailyRecord.com article, “Cops: Morris Plains Man Caught with Child Porn on His Computer.”

Hanover NJ Criminal Defense LawyersHanover Township NJ police officers arrested a New Providence man accused of committing a sex crime when he forced a woman to engage in prostitution.

The suspect is a 41-year-old man who lives in New Providence in Union County, NJ. According to authorities, the suspect engaged in human trafficking in Hanover Township by forcing a 31-year-old woman to have sex with men for money. Afterwards, the suspect would reportedly threaten the victim unless she gave him the cash.

Hanover Township cops arrested the suspect at a local hotel after responding to a report of domestic violence. The victim reportedly told officers that the suspect violently assaulted her when she refused to engage in sexual acts for money.

The suspect was arrested and charged with several crimes, including human trafficking, promoting prostitution, aggravated assault, criminal restraint, false imprisonment, terroristic threats, and drug distribution.

For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Man Accused of Forcing Woman into Prostitution.”

Mountain Lakes Criminal Defense LawyersA man who was ordained as a priest in Mountain Lakes NJ was recently placed under arrest and charged with sex crimes after allegedly groping a juvenile girl in Boonton Township, New Jersey.

The suspect is a 37-year-old man who got ordained on July 1, 2017. He was assigned to serve as Parochial Vicar of Saint Catherine of Siena Church in Mountain Lakes, but he lost the assignment after being accused of the sex crime.

According to Morris County law enforcement officials, the suspect put his hand underneath the young victim’s skirt and told her, “You’re sexy.”

After an official police investigation, the suspect was arrested and charged with criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child.

The suspect was later taken to the Morris County Jail in Morristown, New Jersey. He eventually secured his release from the correctional facility in advance of pre-trial hearings.

For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Priest Accused of Groping Girl a Month After Being Ordained.”

Hanover NJ Sex Crime ChargesHanover Township NJ police are trying to determine the identity of a man who allegedly committing a very serious sexual offense by inappropriately touching an underage female at a park in Whippany, New Jersey.

According to law enforcement, the girl was in Black Brook Park in Whippany NJ between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. when the suspect sexually assaulted her. (Whippany is a community located in Hanover Township, NJ.)

The victim’s precise age has not been released by authorities, but she may have been a minor.

Hanover Township police detectives are actively investigating the case. According to officials, the suspect is a “chubby” man between the ages of 50 and 60. New Jersey State Police recently released a sketch of the sex crime suspect.

If authorities are eventually able to identify and capture the suspect, he could be subject to criminal charges for sex crimes like sexual assault and luring.

Anyone with information about the suspect should contact Hanover Township investigators.

For further information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Cops Search for Suspect Who May Have Inappropriately Touched Child in Park.”

Morristown Lewdness AttorneysLaw enforcement recently arrested a Morristown NJ man who allegedly urinated in the parking lot of a high school located in Hackettstown, New Jersey.

The suspect is a 31-year-old man from Morristown, New Jersey. According to police officials, the suspect was the parking lot of a Hackettstown High School in Warren County just before noon when he inexplicably climbed high up on a tree limb and urinated below.

A witness reportedly saw the suspect exposing himself and subsequently dialed 911 to notify the Hackettstown Police Department. Hackettstown police officers arrived at the scene and told the suspect to step down from the tree.

Hackettstown cops questioned the suspect, who allegedly told them that he could not wait to use a nearby portable bathroom. However, police said that the portable restroom was unoccupied at the time.

The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with indecent exposure.

For further information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “Man ‘Goes Out on a Limb’ to Relieve Himself at High School, Cops Say.”

Netcong Sexual Assault ChargesA man is headed to prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting an underage girl in Netcong and Mount Olive, NJ.

The suspect is a 34-year-old resident of Mount Olive in Morris County, New Jersey. He was placed under arrest in October 2016 after the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Netcong Police Department investigated him for alleged sex crimes. Investigators determined that the suspect sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl over a period of seven years at locations in Netcong and Mount Olive, New Jersey.

The suspect reportedly resided in the same home as the victim for at least two years and functioned in an “adult supervisory role.”

The suspect was charged with numerous sexual offenses, including aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment.

A Morris County grand jury indicted the suspect on multiple counts of sexual assault. He later reached a plea deal with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office pleaded guilty to just one count of second degree sexual assault.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is expected to recommend that the suspect be sentenced to five years in New Jersey State Prison at a sentencing hearing in September.

The suspect may have served as the victim’s guardian at the time of the sexual assault, so he could be subject to an investigation by Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P).

For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Man Who Admitted Sex with Teen Faces 5 Years in Prison.”