Mendham Borough Man Charged with Three Counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Mendham Borough Police Chief Pasquale Libertino announce that Thomas Gray Stanley III, 20 years old, of Mendham, New Jersey has been charged with one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Manufacture of Child Pornography), a crime of the Second Degree; one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Engaging in Sexual Conduct which would impair or debauch the morals of a child), a crime of the Third Degree; and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Possession of Child Pornography), a crime of the Fourth Degree.

It is alleged that defendant took a photograph with his cellphone of a person’s intimate part. The female victim was under the age of 16. He then allegedly uploaded the image to an online Flickr account, an image hosting and video hosting website. Upon discovery of the photograph, a representative of Flickr notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. An investigation led by Detective Edward Mitreuter of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office revealed that the defendant was the individual who took the photo and uploaded it.

The Honorable Gary F. Troxell, J.M.C. set bail at $75,000 no 10% cash, bond or property. Conditions of the bail are that the defendant is not to have contact with the victim or the victim’s family, the defendant cannot return to the victim’s school or vacation home, and is to not have contact with children under the age of 16. The defendant must also surrender his passport.

The investigation is on-going. Please contact the Mendham Borough Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-543-7827 or the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment unit at 973-285-6200 if you have any relevant information.

Acting Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and would like to thank Detective Edward Mitreuter of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit whose efforts contributed to this arrest, the Mendham Borough Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security (ICE).

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/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].

Roxbury Dentist Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Dispensing of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that Dr. Ronald Jupiter, 62 years old, of Roxbury, pled guilty today to Second Degree Dispensing of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance in connection with dispensing Percocet in return for soliciting sex from undercover law enforcement officers.

Dr. Jupiter operated a dental practice in the Succasunna section of Roxbury. The investigation into his activities began with a tip from a local pharmacist who contacted the Roxbury Police Department regarding suspicious pain medication prescriptions being written by Jupiter. Investigators from the State Division of Consumer Affairs, looking into the matter, identified a pattern of suspicious prescription dispensing by the dentist. During the investigation, undercover officers from the Hopatcong Borough Police Department and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, along with a cooperating witness, visited Jupiter’s office seeking medication without any dental pain or issues. Jupiter issued prescriptions without conducting exams or discussing physical ailments. Jupiter refused monetary payment for his services but instead solicited the undercover officers for sex.

In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted to unlawfully dispensing a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous substance for no medical purpose by providing prescriptions to individuals that he was not medically treating.

Under the terms of the plea agreement the State will recommend that the defendant be sentenced to 3 years in State Prison. The State will permit the defendant to buy back his wife’s 2005 Acura which was seized at the time of the arrest in exchange for $5,000.

Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Brad Seabury represented the State in the plea agreement.

“Prescription drug abuse is a national epidemic, and enablers such as Dr. Jupiter contribute to the public health crisis caused by this abuse,” Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said. “This investigation clearly highlights that law enforcement agencies stand united against the illegal flow of prescription drugs into New Jersey’s communities.”

The Honorable Stuart Minkowitz, J.S.C. presided over the plea. The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on August 2, 2013.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Chief James Simonetti and the Roxbury Police Department, Chief Robert Brennan and the Hopatcong Police Department, Chief Keith Licata and the Mount Arlington Police Department, the Morris County Prosecutors Office Special Enforcement Unit, and the Morris County Narcotics Task Force for their efforts 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].

Elizabeth Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison For Eluding

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that the Honorable Mary Gibbons Whipple, J.S.C. sentenced Vambah Sheriff, 27 years old, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to 14 years in State Prison with 5 years of parole ineligibility for eluding.

On April 22, 2013, a jury found the defendant guilty of Second Degree Eluding.

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.

Judge Whipple sentenced the defendant to 14 years in New Jersey State Prison with 5 years of parole ineligibility. He is required to serve this sentence consecutive to a State Prison term presently being served out of Essex County.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp acknowledged the efforts of Assistant Prosecutor Joseph J. D’Onofrio, Jr. who tried the case before a jury. The Acting Prosecutor also stated the following:

“The crime of Eluding a Police Officer under N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2.(b) is extremely serious. Any individual who knowingly flees or attempts to elude any police or law enforcement officer after having received a signal from such officer to bring the vehicle to a full stop, as was done here, commits a crime of the third degree. However, in this case, it rose to the level of a second degree as the flight created a risk of death or injury. In this case, the defendant attempted and successfully eluded Florham Park Police Officers on a crowded highway at extremely high speeds, putting both the officer and the public at large in danger.”

“The sentence imposed by the Court is appropriate and justified based upon the seriousness of the offense and the threat to the public.”

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Knapp thanks Police 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 for the efforts resulting in today’s sentence.

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