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Roxbury High School Assistant Principal Charged with Sex Offenses

Saturday, April 25, 2015


Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Officer in Charge Martin McParland, Jr., of the Rockaway Township Police Department, announce that Roger Schneider, age 55, residing at 11 Notch Road, Rockaway Township, New Jersey, has been charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a(1), a crime of the 2nd degree, and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3a, a crime of the 3rd degree. Schneider is the Assistant Principal at Roxbury High School.

 

During the week of April 20, 2015, the alleged victim (referred to by the fictitious initials X.X.) disclosed to a third person that Schneider had sexually touched X.X. Schneider was subsequently interviewed on or about April 24, 2015, and admitted committing acts of contact upon X.X.’s intimate parts. During a subsequent interview by law enforcement, X.X. disclosed acts of sexual contact between Schneider’s hand and X.X.’s genitals. X.X. resided part time at the defendant’s home between the dates of August of 2013 and January of 2015. The defendant was acting in loco parentis to the victim with X.X.’s parents’ consent. X.X. was 15 years old at the time of the alleged incidents. X.X. is not a student in the Roxbury school district.

 

On April 24, 2015, the Honorable Gerard Smith, J.M.C., authorized charges against Schneider for Endangering the Welfare of a Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a(1), a crime of the 2rd degree, and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3a, a crime of the 3rd degree. Schneider was arrested by the Rockaway Police Department on April 25, 2015, and bail was set at $100,000 with no 10% option, no contact with the victim, and surrender of any firearms. 

 

The investigation is active and ongoing.  No other information is being released at this time.

 

Anyone with information relating to these charges or any similar conduct by this defendant is urged to contact Detective Bruce LaFera of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit at 973 285-6200.

 

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Rockaway Township Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit.

 

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

 

 Any inquiries can be directed to Deputy Chief Denise H. Arseneault at DArseneault@co.morris.nj.us.

 

Former Executor of Estate Sentenced for Misapplication Crime

Friday, April 24, 2015


Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that the Honorable Stuart A. Minkowitz, P.J.S.C. sentenced Bernard W. Ozarowski, Age 60, of Princeton, New Jersey to  serve 5 years of Special Probation pursuant to the terms of the Morris County Drug Court for second degree Misapplication of Entrusted Property in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-15.  He was further ordered to pay restitution to four victims in the amount of $509,998.44.

 

On March 19, 2015, Ozarowski pled guilty to second degree Misapplication of Entrusted Property, in connection with his role as executor of the estate of R.H. who was Ozarowski’s brother-in-law.  R.H. was a former resident of Madison, New Jersey who died in December of 2011. At the time of his death, his life insurance policy, annuity funds, IRA accounts, certificates of deposit and other bank accounts contained significant assets. However, between December 8, 2011 and September 5, 2012, Ozarowski illegally transferred assets of the estate to his own company, Loyola Management, a dealer and distributor of print services as well as a document management company.

 

If the defendant violates the terms of the Special Probation he could be ordered to serve up to 10 years in the New Jersey State Prison. 

   

The State was represented during the sentencing by Morris County Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Francine S. Ehrenberg. 

 

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Financial Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Assistant Prosecutor Julian Hill for their efforts resulting in this  sentence.


Any inquiries can be directed to Deputy Chief Denise H. Arseneault at Darseneault@co.morris.nj.us or (973) 285-6262. 

 

County Prosecutors Association of the State of New Jersey Announces Scholarships

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


The County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey announces the availability of the Oscar W. Rittenhouse, Andrew K. Ruotolo, Jr., Harris Y. Cotton and the John H. Stamler Memorial Scholarships. The County Prosecutors Association of the State of New Jersey Committee, a nonprofit corporation, annually awards scholarships to law students, college and graduate students.  Each scholarship is a one-year grant in the amount of up to $3,500.00 paid directly to the recipient.  Scholarship recipients from previous years are ineligible.

 

To be eligible for the Oscar W. Rittenhouse Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must be a New Jersey resident accepted for admission to a law school.  The applicant must have an interest in pursuing a career as a prosecutor.  The applicant must also demonstrate financial need.

 

To be eligible for the Andrew K. Ruotolo, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must be a New Jersey resident accepted for admission to a law school or graduate school.  The applicant must exhibit an interest in, and commitment to, enhancing the rights and well-being of children through child advocacy programs.  The applicant must also exhibit financial need.

 

To be eligible for the Harris Y. Cotton Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must be a New Jersey resident accepted for admission to a law school.  The applicant must have an interest in pursuing a career as a prosecutor with an emphasis in Domestic Violence or Hate Crime prosecutions.  The applicant must also demonstrate financial need.

 

To be eligible for the John H. Stamler Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must be a New Jersey resident and sworn law enforcement officer seeking educational advancement on a college or graduate level to improve his or her effectiveness as a law enforcement officer.  The applicant must also demonstrate financial need.

Applications must be postmarked by July 15, 2015.  Personal interviews of finalists will be conducted.  Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision in October, 2015.  Anyone interested in receiving an application can download same at www.cpanj.info.

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