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Parsippany Man Charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Philipps announce that Jorge Perez, 31 years old, of Parsippany, New Jersey, has been charged with First Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault.

In November, 2014, the defendant allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a 14 year-old female while the female was intoxicated. It is further alleged that the defendant purchased the alcohol for the victim prior to the sexual assault.

Perez was arrested on December 17, 2014, following an investigation conducted by the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit. The investigation was led by Sergeant Susan Johnson and Detective James Bruno of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Detective John Keiling of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department. The defendant has been charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of Children.

The investigation was initiated by information forwarded to law enforcement authorities by the 14 year-old female and a second cooperating individual. It is alleged that the defendant subsequently admitted to police that he had engaged in sexual intercourse with the 14 year-old female after she had been drinking alcohol.

The Honorable Maryann Nergaard, J.S.C., set bail at $250,000 with no ten percent option.  Defendant is to have no contact with the victim. The defendant was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility.

Anyone with information relating to these charges is urged to contact Detective Supervisor Kristi Allegretta or Detective James Bruno of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit at 973-285-6200.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit whose efforts contributed to this arrest.

There will be no further information released today.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or tzelante@co.morris.nj.us.

Fatality in Morristown Residential Fire

Monday, December 15, 2014


Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Morristown Police Chief Peter Demnitz announce an on-going investigation into a fatal fire that occurred on December 14, 2014 at 1 Shady Lane, Morristown, New Jersey.  

The investigation has revealed that an adult female died during the course of a fire at her personal residence.  No other injuries were reported and the fire was extinguished due to efforts of first responders. Notification of the fire was received this morning.

This is an active investigation. Personnel from the Morristown Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutors Major Crimes Unit have responded to the scene.  Further information will be made available once the investigation concludes and the Medical Examiner has conducted a post-mortem examination. 

Further press releases on this matter are not anticipated today.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or tzelante@co.morris.nj.us.

Bloomfield Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Theft and Fraud

Friday, December 12, 2014


Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that the Honorable Thomas J. Critchley, Jr., J.S.C. sentenced Robert Kosch, 58 years old, of Bloomfield, New Jersey to an aggregate sentence of 20 years in State Prison for multiple counts of Theft, Fraud, and Possession of Personal Identifying Information.

On October 14, 2014, a Sussex County jury found the defendant guilty of two counts of second degree Theft of Immovable Property, one count of third degree Theft of Immovable Property, two counts of third degree Theft of Movable Property, two counts of third degree Fraud, and one count of second degree Possession of Personal Identifying Information.  The charges stemmed from the defendant’s operation of Floaters, LLC, a business involved in foreclosure rescues and the purchase of real estate in various towns in Sussex County. The defendant targeted individuals in financial distress and who had moved out of their homes. He forged signatures on various deeds transferring ownership of properties to himself or Floaters, LLC without the consent of the homeowners.  He then proceeded to rent out the properties and collect the rental income.  The defendant was also found to be in possession of personal identifying information belonging to over one hundred individuals for the purposes of locating other property owners.

Judge Critchley sentenced the defendant to an aggregate sentence of 20 years in State Prison.  The defendant is required to serve 6 years before becoming eligible for parole.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Chief Randy Mills and the Vernon Township Police Department, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit whose efforts contributed to this result.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office handled the trial due to a conflict of interest with a staff member of the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office.  The State was represented by Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Sahil Kabse and Detective Leah Atterbury was the lead Detective.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or tzelante@co.morris.nj.us.

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