County Prosecutors Association of the State of New Jersey Announces Scholarships

The County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey announces the availability of the Oscar W. Rittenhouse, Andrew K. Ruotolo, Jr., Harris Y. Cotton and the John H. Stamler Memorial Scholarships. The County Prosecutors Association of the State of New Jersey Committee, a nonprofit corporation, annually awards scholarships to law students, college and graduate students.  Each scholarship is a one-year grant in the amount of up to $3,500.00 paid directly to the recipient.  Scholarship recipients from previous years are ineligible.

 

To be eligible for the Oscar W. Rittenhouse Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must be a New Jersey resident accepted for admission to a law school.  The applicant must have an interest in pursuing a career as a prosecutor.  The applicant must also demonstrate financial need.

 

To be eligible for the Andrew K. Ruotolo, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must be a New Jersey resident accepted for admission to a law school or graduate school.  The applicant must exhibit an interest in, and commitment to, enhancing the rights and well-being of children through child advocacy programs.  The applicant must also exhibit financial need.

 

To be eligible for the Harris Y. Cotton Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must be a New Jersey resident accepted for admission to a law school.  The applicant must have an interest in pursuing a career as a prosecutor with an emphasis in Domestic Violence or Hate Crime prosecutions.  The applicant must also demonstrate financial need.

 

To be eligible for the John H. Stamler Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must be a New Jersey resident and sworn law enforcement officer seeking educational advancement on a college or graduate level to improve his or her effectiveness as a law enforcement officer.  The applicant must also demonstrate financial need.

Applications must be postmarked by July 15, 2015.  Personal interviews of finalists will be conducted.  Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision in October, 2015.  Anyone interested in receiving an application can download same at www.cpanj.info.

Former Paterson School Teacher Pleads Guilty to Official Misconduct and Criminal Sexual Contact

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Paul Phillips of the Parsippany Troy-Hills Police Department announce that Scott A. Van Hoven, 48, currently of Hudson, N.Y., and formerly of Parsippany, N.J., pled guilty today to one count of Official Misconduct, a crime of the second degree, and two counts of Criminal Sexual Contact, crimes of the fourth degree. 

 

Van Hoven was a music teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, N.J., when he engaged in various sexual acts with a 16 year-old female who was a student at the school.  The acts occurred in both Paterson and Parsippany, New Jersey.

 

Defendant faces a sentence of seven (7) years New Jersey State Prison, subject to a five (5) year term of parole ineligibility.  In addition, defendant is subject to registration pursuant to Megan’s Law, will forfeit his New Jersey teaching certificates and will be prohibited from seeking future public employment. 

 

The Honorable Salem Vincent Ahto, J.S.C. (Retired, Temporarily Assigned on Recall) presided over the plea. The sentencing is scheduled for May 27, 2015.

 

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank Assistant Prosecutors LaJuan Tucker and Vincent Leo III, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, the Parsippany Troy-Hills Police Department, the Paterson Police Department and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office-Criminal Investigation Section whose efforts contributed to this arrest.

 

Any inquiries can be directed to Deputy Chief Denise H. Arseneault at 973-285-6262 or [email protected]

Man Charged with Murder of Three Year Old

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Montville Township Police Chief Rudolf Appelmann announce that Maurice Pearson, age 26, with a last known address of 55A Route 46 East, Pine Brook, New Jersey, and formerly of Altoona, Pennsylvania, has been charged with first degree Murder for the beating death of his girlfriend’s three year old son. Additional charges filed today consist of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon were also authorized.
On April 10, 2015, at approximately 1:16pm, officers with the Fairfield Township Police Department responded to the Knights Inn, located at 55A Route 46 in Pine Brook, New Jersey (Montville Township) on a report of a male choking.
As a result of the investigation into this incident, Maurice Pearson was originally charged with Aggravated Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, both second degree crimes, for physically abusing the three year old child. Pearson was also charged with one count of Aggravated Assault, a third degree crime, for physically assaulting his girlfriend (age 25). Pearson was also charged with an additional count of Hindering His Own Apprehension, a crime of the third degree, for providing false information to law enforcement during the course of this investigation.  Pearson was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of a $100,000 bail.

At the time of the assault, the child and his mother were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The child’s mother was treated and released.  However, the child sustained more serious injuries as a result of the assault and remained hospitalized until succumbing to his injuries on April 13, 2015.

On April 16, 2015, the Honorable William J. McGovern III, J.S.C., authorized charges against Pearson for Murder, a crime of the first degree, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the third degree, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, a crime of the fourth degree.  Bail was set at $1,000,000 cash, bond or property.  Pearson remains in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility.
Members of the Montville Police Department, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigation Section, and the Fairfield Police Department have contributed to this investigation.
The investigation is active and ongoing.  No other information is being released at this time.
If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, the Detective Bureau of the Montville Township Police Department at 973-257-4113, or Morris County Crimestoppers at 973-267-2255.
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 Deputy Chief Denise H. Arseneault at 973-285-6262 or [email protected].