Morris County Court Officer Indicted on Official Misconduct and Theft Charges

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that Scott Forsbrey, 52 years old, of Randolph, New Jersey was indicted today after an investigation revealed that he allegedly converted approximately $112,000 from monies he collected in executing upon levies for judgment creditors.  These monies were in excess of the amounts he was permitted to retain for a commission as a Morris County Special Civil Part Court Officer in collecting the judgments and were in actuality proceeds which should have been turned over to creditors.            

On or about January 2, 2013, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office received an allegation of theft concerning Morris County Special Civil Part Court Officer Scott Forsbrey.  Officer Forsbrey was responsible for collecting funds owed as a result of civil judgments and for forwarding the monies to the litigants who obtained the judgments.  He was legally permitted to keep only a small percentage of funds collected as a commission.  An internal audit conducted by the Administrative Office of the Courts concluded that between January, 2010 and May, 2012, Officer Forsbrey converted approximately $112,000 in excess of the amount he was permitted to retain in commissions.  Officer Forsbrey resigned after the audit.  He had served as an officer from November 4, 2009 to May 3, 2012.

Defendant was indicted on two counts of Second Degree Official Misconduct and one count of Second Degree Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition.

The State is represented by Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Sahil Kabse in this matter. 

Anyone with information relating to these charges is urged to contact Sergeant Steven Murzenski of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Unit at 973-285-6200.                 

Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanks the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Unit, whose efforts contributed to this result.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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

Randolph Man Pleads Guilty to First Degree Felony Murder, Robbery and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that Brendon Matos, 28 years old of Randolph Township, New Jersey pleaded guilty today to First Degree Felony Murder in connection with the shooting death and robbery of his father. He also pleaded guilty to First Degree Robbery and Second Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. All of the defendant’s actions occurred on July 5, 2011.

In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted to shooting his father in the course of robbing him of money at their Randolph residence. Defendant admitted that he used his father’s firearm in commission of these crimes. Defendant also admitted that he did not have a firearm permit and knew that due to a prior felony conviction in the State of Florida, he was not permitted to possess a weapon.

Under the terms of the plea agreement the State will recommend that the defendant be sentenced to 40 years in State Prison pursuant to the No Early Release Act. This will require that Matos serve 85% of his sentence prior to parole consideration.

                                                    

Senior Trial Counsel/SDAG John McNamara, Jr. and Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Anthony Scibetta represented the State in the plea agreement.  

The Honorable Mary Gibbons Whipple, J.S.C. presided over the plea. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the Morris County Correctional Facility pending sentencing, which is scheduled for April 25, 2014 before Judge Whipple. 

Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanks Randolph Township Police Chief David Stokoe and the Randolph Township Police Department, Sheriff Edward Rochford and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Chief David Doyle and the Morris County Park Police, Lieutenant Brian Bird and the Human Services Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit who participated in the investigation of this matter.

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

Parsippany Hills High Teacher Indicted on Endangering, Sexual Assault, Official Misconduct, and Criminal Sexual Contact Charges for Actions with a Student

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Philipps announce that Jenna Leahey, 32 years old, formerly of Morristown, New Jersey, was indicted today after an investigation revealed that she allegedly became involved in a sexual relationship with a 16 year old student.

Defendant was a teacher at Parsippany Hills High School. The inappropriate nature of the relationship started while the victim was a student at the school.

                          

Defendant was indicted on two counts of Second Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child; one count of Second Degree Sexual Assault; one count of Second Degree Official Misconduct; and three counts of Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Contact

The State is represented by Supervising Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Meg Rodriguez.

Anyone with information relating to these charges is urged to contact Detective Bruce LaFera of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit at 973-285-6200 or Detective Keith Duffy of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-263-4300.

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

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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