Morris Plains Man Indicted for Alleged Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Philipps and Morris Plains Police Chief Scott Thompson announce Stephen Corcoran, 45, of Morris Plains, was indicted today after an investigation revealed that he allegedly showed a male friend child pornography. Defendant was arrested on January 20, 2012 after allegedly showing the witness child pornography in October of 2011. The witness was 18 years old at the time. Authorities seized defendant’s computers and after a forensic examination, it was determined defendant was in possession of child pornography.

An investigation into this matter was launched in November of 2011 by Detective Carolina Moreno of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Detective Dan Cicala of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department and Sergeant Jason Kohn of the Morris Plains Police Department. As a result of that investigation, the witness was interviewed and provided information that the defendant had allegedly distributed and possessed child pornography.

Defendant was indicted on one count of Second Degree Distribution of Child Pornography and ten counts of Fourth Degree Possession of Child Pornography.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanks the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, the Morris Plains Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, whose efforts contributed to this result.

These criminal charges are only accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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

Elizabeth Man Found Guilty of Eluding

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announced today that a Morris County jury found Vambah Sheriff, 27 years old, of Elizabeth, New Jersey guilty of Second Degree Eluding. The jury returned its verdict after less than one day of deliberations. Assistant Prosecutor Joseph D’Onofrio, Jr. represented the State in the trial which had commenced on April 15, 2013.

On February 3, 2011 at 11:40 a.m., Florham Park Police Officer Brian Mensing was on routine patrol on Route 24 East when he randomly ran the license plate of defendant’s car via his Mobile Data Terminal. An alert came back indicating defendant’s New Jersey driving privileges were suspended and Officer Mensing effectuated a motor vehicle stop after positively identifying defendant. After defendant’s vehicle came to a stop, but before the Officer could approach it, defendant sped away on Route 24, reaching speeds of around 80-90 mph. The pursuit was then terminated by Florham Park Police. Defendant was arrested later that evening in Elizabeth.

The defendant faces 20 years imprisonment with 10 years of parole ineligibility, consecutive to a 4-year prison term that the defendant is currently serving out of an unrelated Essex County conviction in 2012.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanks Chief Patrick Montuore and the Florham Park Police Department, the City of Elizabeth Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office General Investigations Unit, whose efforts contributed to this result.

The Honorable Mary Gibbons Whipple remanded the defendant to New Jersey State Prison to continue serving his initial prison term. The defendant’s sentencing on the Eluding charge is scheduled for June 7, 2013, before Judge Whipple.

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

Acting Prosecutor Knapp Announces Ceremony to Commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will recognize 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 21-27) with a Recognition and Remembrance Ceremony. The ceremony, honoring victims and advocates of victims’ rights, will take place on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 12:00 noon in front of the County Administration and Records Building on Court Street in Morristown.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week has been a time of national remembrance since 1981, an opportunity for communities, victims and their loved ones, and professionals serving victims to join together and reflect on the progress achieved in victims’ rights. The theme for 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “New Challenges * New Solutions”.

Thirty years ago, crime victims did not have rights, access to crime victim compensation, or services to help rebuild their lives. They were often excluded from courtrooms, treated as an afterthought by the criminal justice system, and denied an opportunity to speak at sentencing. Today, all states have enacted crime victims’ rights laws and established crime victims’ compensation funds.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp is proud of the outstanding team of capable and dedicated professionals in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office who assist victims of crime and advocate on their behalf.

All are invited to join the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at the ceremony. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Community Affairs Unit at 973-285-6268 or e-mail [email protected].

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