Roxbury Township Man Arrested on Charges That He Sexually Assaulted a Juvenile

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Frederic M. Knapp and Roxbury Township Police Chief James Simonetti announce the arrest of Ricky Belza, 21 years old, of Landing, New Jersey for the alleged sexual assault of a juvenile.

Through a lengthy criminal investigation conducted by the Roxbury Township Police Department along with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the defendant was arrested on February 26, 2013 in Roxbury Township, New Jersey, by detectives from both agencies.

Mr. Belza is charged with two counts of Second Degree Sexual Assault, one count of Second Degree Attempted Sexual Assault, one count of Third Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child and one count of Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Contact.

The Honorable Mary Whipple held an emergent bail hearing today and set bail at $100,000 without 10% Cash, Bond or Property. The defendant is not to have contact with the victim or the victim’s family and is also not to have contact with children under 16. The defendant must also surrender his passport if he has one.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp and Chief Simonetti wish to thank, in particular, Detective Adam DelGuercio of the Roxbury Township Police Department for his excellent work on this case.

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.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].

Morris County School Safety and Security Summit

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, in partnership with the East Hanover School District, the New Jersey Department of Education and the Morris County Superintendent of Schools, is sponsoring the upcoming “Morris County School Safety and Security Summit.” The Summit will be held on February 26, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy.

The overall wellbeing of our school-age children is of the utmost importance. As we continue to explore ways to create positive and healthy school environments, we recognize that keeping our students safe and our schools secure requires a commitment from all community members. The Newtown, Connecticut school shooting has generated a renewed commitment to these issues. According to East Hanover Township School District Superintendent Dr. Joseph Ricca, “Community-wide partnerships and efforts that focus on leveraging all of our support systems, both in the educational community and in the law enforcement community, will further strengthen our school security infrastructure now and in the years to come. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has been an innovative and committed partner in the on-going effort to be sure that each and every student in Morris County is afforded the opportunity to attend school in a safe and secure environment.”

The Summit is designed to promote discussions among all parents, guardians and community members highlighting the efforts that are being undertaken within our schools to keep our students safe. Additionally, it will be an engaging and informative opportunity for the Morris County community members, as guest speakers highlight the complexities of school security in the modern age. Scheduled speakers will include representatives from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the New Jersey Department of Education, the East Hanover Township School District, and the Morris School District. Topics for the evening’s discussion are to include school climate and culture, facilities preparedness, communication and reporting procedures, identifying the signs of potential challenges, and the State of New Jersey’s commitment to our schools.

This educational opportunity is free and the invitation is being extended to all members of the Morris County Community. Please RSVP to Detective Keisha Higgs at [email protected] or 973-285-6268.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].

Rockaway Township Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder of Wife

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that David Noll, 54 years old of Rockaway Township, pled guilty today to First Degree Attempted Murder and Second Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose in connection with an attack on his wife on November 18, 2010. He also pled guilty to Fourth Degree Contempt for violation of a no contact bail condition.

In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted shooting his wife three times: once in the back, once in the chest, and once in the buttocks at their home located in Rockaway Township, New Jersey.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, the State will recommend that the defendant be sentenced to 10 years in State Prison, 8 ½ years of which must be served pursuant to the No Early Release Act along with a 1-year consecutive prison term on the Contempt charge.

Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Tia Manochio represented the State in the plea agreement.

The Honorable Mary Whipple presided over the plea. The defendant remains in the custody of the Morris County Correctional Facility pending sentencing, which is scheduled for April 12, 2013.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanks Police Chief Walt Ardin and the Rockaway Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Domestic Violence Unit who assisted in the investigation and resolution of this matter.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].