May 24, 2016
A Brigantine Police officer will spend five years in prison after admitting he used his job to sexually assault a 16-year-old girl, officials announced Sunday. Officer Ralph M. Pereira, 45, pleaded guilty Friday to official misconduct and sexual assault, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office. He was arrested in 2014 and charged with using his job as a police officer "to obtain a benefit for himself, specifically sexual acts with a child," the prosecutor's office said.
May 3, 2013 |
A grand jury has indicted a Washington Township police officer on charges of tampering with records, falsifying records, and official misconduct, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday, stemming from the officer's arrest of Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D., Gloucester) in a July traffic stop. Joseph DiBuonaventura, 42, arrested Moriarty on July 31 on drunken-driving and other charges. If convicted of all charges, DiBuonaventura could face decades in prison. Moriarty said in an interview he felt vindicated by the indictment of the officer.
March 10, 2013
By May, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office says, it intends to present to a grand jury the findings of its investigation of a suspended Washington Township police officer who cited Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty (D., Gloucester) for drunken driving last summer. Officer Joseph DiBuonaventura, a 17-year veteran of the force, said he had stopped Moriarty on the Black Horse Pike in Turnersville after the legislator cut him off July 31. He said he smelled alcohol on Moriarty's breath and ordered him out of the car. Moriarty, who was also charged with refusing to take a breath test and failure to maintain a lane, contended that he was driving lawfully in the right lane and did not change lanes without signaling.
February 13, 2013
TWO former teachers and an ex-principal pleaded guilty Monday for their roles in a sex scandal that rocked a Camden County high school last year. The teachers at Triton Regional High School in Runnemede, Jeff Logandro and Dan Michielli, were accused of having sexual relationships with students. The principal, Catherine DePaul, was accused of not immediately reporting the relationships to police. Logandro, 32, and Michielli, 27, pleaded guilty to official misconduct; DePaul, 55, pleaded guilty to failure to report a crime.
October 5, 2012 |
There was a buzz of excitement at back-to-school night Wednesday at Triton Regional High School, just loud enough to keep the whispers at bay for one more day. Torrid tales about female students and young male teachers who've left mysteriously had carried over into the new school year and the rumors were about to burst from the blue lockers that line the hallways. On Thursday, the rumors became official allegations by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, and they're even worse than anyone had imagined.
September 14, 2012 |
This story has been updated. THE WOMEN on Broadway in Camden hustle for their hits every day, dodging the cops, demented tricks and the deadly dose that'll leave them cold and blue in a trash-filled basement. One prostitute named Angelina, according to allegations laid out in a letter written last month by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, met a cop she didn't have to dodge, though - an officer who had access to heroin and was allegedly willing to trade it for sex for the past 16 months.
February 4, 2012 |
FLEMINGTON, N.J. - A former caseworker and a private caretaker were sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for neglecting three women. Former caseworker Bridget Grimes and home provider Debra Sloan pleaded guilty last year, avoiding trials. Grimes, 55, pleaded guilty to official misconduct, neglect of a disabled person, and theft. Sloan, 57, pleaded guilty to neglect of a disabled person and theft. Sloan had a $51,000-per-year contract to care for Erin Germaine, Tara O'Leary, and Lydia Joy Perry of Hunterdon County's Alexandria Township.
July 16, 2011
A former local administrator of New Jersey's Home Energy Assistance Program has been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding the program by filing false applications for benefits. Denise Nicole Johnson, 37, of Paulsboro, pleaded guilty in January to official misconduct. She was sentenced Friday in Superior Court in Woodbury. Johnson also was ordered to pay full restitution of nearly $23,000 and is permanently barred from public employment in New Jersey. Prosecutors say Johnson filed nine false applications while employed in the Paulsboro office of Tri-County Community Action.
March 9, 2011 |
Welcome to Wildwood, where there are funhouses, roller coasters and the wildest ride of them all: City Hall. Mayor Gary DeMarzo, for instance, was surprisingly calm yesterday after being indicted by a Cape May County grand jury for alleged official misconduct. "The amusements shut down in the winter here, but the amusements stay hot in the political arena," he said yesterday afternoon. The charges stem from a drawn-out, conflict-of-interest case against DeMarzo in 2009 and 2010, in which two elected officials questioned whether he could remain a police officer while holding office.
November 20, 2010 |
A suspended Camden police officer, already indicted for allegedly harassing his ex-wife, has been arrested again, authorities said. Shane Sampson, 41, of Williamstown, was taken into custody at his home Thursday and charged with official misconduct after improperly requesting private motor-vehicle records of people associated with his former wife, authorities said. The record checks, conducted on Oct. 20 and Nov. 4, were not done for police business, authorities said. Sampson has been suspended from the force without pay since April after a 2009 incident in which he allegedly used his position as a police officer to have his ex-wife, Nooshin Sampson, wrongly arrested over a child-custody dispute.