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Former NJ Judiciary Employee Admitted into Pre-Trial Intervention Program

Friday, October 24, 2014


Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that Joseph Robortaccio, 35 years old, of Lafayette, New Jersey, was admitted today into the Pre-Trial Intervention Program.  Robortaccio, a former New Jersey Judiciary employee who served as a Probation Officer in the Morris/Sussex Vicinage, was arrested on April 2, 2014 for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit received information from members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office pertaining to drug distribution activity in and around 10 Court Street, Morristown, New Jersey, specifically, the Morris County Superior Courthouse and the Administration and Records Building. As a result of the information provided by members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, a joint investigation was launched. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Robortaccio.

Defendant entered a plea of not guilty and was admitted into the Pre-Trial Intervention Program in Passaic County Superior Court for a period of twelve months.  Defendant was ordered to perform seventy-five hours of community service, attend Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous, in addition to continued substance abuse treatment, and be subject to random urine monitoring. Defendant was also assessed a total fine amount of $1,225 which included the $1,000 DEDR penalty and other court fees.

Assistant Prosecutor Anthony Scibetta represented the State in this matter. 

The Honorable Bruno Mongiardo, J.S.C. presided.

Prosecutor Knapp thanks Police Chief Peter Demnitz and the Morristown Police Department, Sheriff Edward Rochford and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit who assisted in the investigation and resolution of this matter.

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

 

Garfield Police Officer Charged With Assault by Auto and Driving While Intoxicated

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chester Borough Police Chief David Jara      announce that Patrick R. Sajewicz, 22 years old, of Garfield, New Jersey has been charged with Assault by Auto; Driving While Intoxicated; Reckless Driving; and Careless Motor Vehicle Operation Causing Property Destruction.  Sajewicz is a Patrolman with the Garfield Police Department.

On October 15, 2014, the defendant was operating a 2014 Infinity when he allegedly failed to maintain control of the vehicle and crashed into a building on Main Street in Chester.  His passenger suffered injuries as a result of the crash.  The defendant was allegedly driving while intoxicated.

Sajewicz was arrested on October 20, 2014, following an investigation conducted by the Chester Borough Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Chester Borough Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Section, and the members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit whose efforts contributed to this arrest.

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.

Prosecutor Knapp Announces Update in Alstede Farms Incident

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces the cause and manner of Sunday’s fatality and injuries at Alstede Farms and confirms the identities of the adult individuals who were injured.

As the result of a post-mortem examination conducted by Morris County Chief Medical Examiner Ronald Suarez, the cause of death of the minor child, Elizabeth Fuehring, was a blunt head trauma. The manner of death was listed as an accident.

Sarah Fuehring and Joanna Alemany suffered serious but non-threatening injuries which they are being treated for.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank Police Chief Wayne Martini and the Chester Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section, the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office, and members of the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for their collective assistance in this matter.

Any inquiries may be directed to First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or tzelante@co.morris.nj.us.  It is not anticipated that any additional press information will be released today.

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