Rockaway Man Arrested for Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Douglas Scheer of the Rockaway Borough Police Department announce the arrest of 63 year-old Gary J. Firuta, of Rockaway, New Jersey, on charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Child – Distribution of Child Pornography, a crime of the second degree, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child – Possession of Child Pornography, a crime of the fourth degree.

The acts in question allegedly began in 2011 and came to the attention of law enforcement through a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Firuta was arrested on December 22, 2014, following an investigation conducted by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit and the Rockaway Borough Police Department. The investigation was led by Detective James Bruno of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Detective Sergeant Kyle Schwartzman of the Rockaway Borough Police Department.

Anyone with information relating to these charges is urged to contact Detective James Bruno of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit at 973-285-6200.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Rockaway Borough Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigations and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment 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 [email protected].

Newark Man on Parole Supervision Arrested on a Variety of Charges

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Morristown Police Chief Peter Demnitz announce the arrest of Terrel Hyman (AKA “Rel” and “Cuddy”), 32 years old, of Newark, New Jersey on a variety of charges including 2nd degree Eluding, 4th degree Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, 2nd degree Aggravated Assault, 2nd degree Possession of Handgun while Committing a Drug Offense, 2nd degree Certain Persons not to Possess Weapons, 3rd degree Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS heroin, and 3rd degree Possession of CDS heroin. At the time of his arrest, Hyman was on parole supervision for a 2009 1st degree manslaughter conviction out of Essex County.

An investigation into a multi-county heroin distribution network culminated on Thursday December 18, 2014 when authorities executed several search warrants in Morris and Essex counties. While executing a search warrant in Morris County, Hyman allegedly denied the commands of police officers and created a tense scene by fleeing at a high rate of speed in a red 1999 Cadillac Seville. In the course of fleeing, Hyman is further alleged to have intentionally rammed a police vehicle carrying two uniformed Morristown officers before striking a second vehicle driven by a plain clothed officer. The vehicle operated by Hyman was found abandoned in the vicinity of several commercial buildings in Morristown.

A search warrant was subsequently executed at Hyman’s residence of 13th Street in Newark, where officers located several hundred bags of heroin packaged for street level distribution and a loaded handgun.

Within 24 hours, Morris County authorities were able to determine that Hyman fled the State and was inside a residence in Rockland County, New York. With the assistance of the Haverstraw Police Department, Rockland County Sheriff’s Office, Rockland County District Attorney’s Office and a multi-agency tactical team, officials were able to take Hyman into custody on Friday December 19, 2014. Hyman is currently incarcerated in New York while awaiting extradition back to New Jersey on these charges, as well as a parole violation. Bail was set by the Hon. Robert J. Gilson, J.S.C. at $250,000, cash only, with a bail source hearing requirement.

Also arrested during the course of the investigation was Lakema Holified of Morristown, 32, who was charged with 2nd and 3rd degree offenses for Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS heroin and cocaine, within 500 feet of Public Property, Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS within 1000 feet of a school, Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS, Possession of CDS, and Hindering.

The Honorable Michael J. Noonan, J.M.C. set bail for Holifield at $250,000 with no 10% with a bail source hearing requirement. Holifield was unable to post bail and remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility.

“The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force, along with our local police departments and other law enforcement partners will continue to aggressively pursue those individuals who import heroin into our community, contributing to the epidemic that is gripping our State”, Prosecutor Knapp stated. “This investigation demonstrates the coordinated efforts that will be utilized to bring these offenders to justice” he added. “I wish to acknowledge the work of the Morristown Police Department for the continuing partnership with this Office to protect the residents of Morris County.”

The investigation is active and ongoing. No other information is being released at this time.

Anyone with information relating to these charges is urged to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Unit at 973-285-6300.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Morristown Bureau of Police, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Newark Police Department, the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, the Haverstraw Police Department, the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office, the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force under the leadership of Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Bradford Seabury and Captain Michael Rice.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendants are 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 [email protected].

Parsippany Man Charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Philipps announce that Jorge Perez, 31 years old, of Parsippany, New Jersey, has been charged with First Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault.

In November, 2014, the defendant allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a 14 year-old female while the female was intoxicated. It is further alleged that the defendant purchased the alcohol for the victim prior to the sexual assault.

Perez was arrested on December 17, 2014, following an investigation conducted by the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit. The investigation was led by Sergeant Susan Johnson and Detective James Bruno of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Detective John Keiling of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department. The defendant has been charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of Children.

The investigation was initiated by information forwarded to law enforcement authorities by the 14 year-old female and a second cooperating individual. It is alleged that the defendant subsequently admitted to police that he had engaged in sexual intercourse with the 14 year-old female after she had been drinking alcohol.

The Honorable Maryann Nergaard, J.S.C., set bail at $250,000 with no ten percent option.  Defendant is to have no contact with the victim. The defendant was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility.

Anyone with information relating to these charges is urged to contact Detective Supervisor Kristi Allegretta or Detective James Bruno of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit at 973-285-6200.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit whose efforts contributed to this arrest.

There will be no further information released today.

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 [email protected].