Rockaway Borough Resident Indicted on Attempted Kidnapping and Sexual Assault Charges

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Rockaway Township Police Chief Martin McParland, Jr. announce that Kyriakos Serghides, 35, of Rockaway Borough, New Jersey was indicted today on multiple charges related to incidents that are alleged to have occurred in August and September of 2015 in Rockaway Township.

It is alleged that on August 28, 2015 while at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall, Serghides touched the genitals of two separate boys in restrooms within the Mall. It is also alleged that on September 10, 2015, Serghides threatened and then attempted to leave the Target Store in Rockaway Township with an unrelated (5) year old boy.  Serghides was arrested on September 11, 2015 on charges related to these three incidents.

Defendant was indicted on two (2) Counts of Second Degree Sexual Assault; three (3) Counts of Third Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child; one (1) Count of Second Degree Attempted Kidnapping; one (1) Count of Second Degree Luring; one (1) Count of Second Degree Attempted Sexual Assault; one (1) Count of Third Degree Terroristic Threats; one (1) Count of Third Degree Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes; and one (1) Count of Fourth Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

The State is represented by Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Meg Rodriguez in this matter.

Anyone with information relating to these charges is urged to contact Detective Supervisor Marshall Wang of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes / Child Endangerment Unit at 973-285-6200, or Detective Thomas Takacs of the Rockaway Township Police Department at 973-625-4000.

Prosecutor Knapp thanks the Rockaway Township Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit for their continuing efforts in this investigation and prosecution.

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

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at [email protected]. or 973-285-6215.

Morris County Prosecutor Presents Clergy Community Outreach Program on the Heroin and Opiate Epidemic

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that on Wednesday September 28, 2016, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will host its third Clergy Community Outreach Program. The topic of this event will be on the heroin and opiate epidemic that our community is experiencing. The audience will include clergy from various faiths, government officials, and law enforcement officials from Morris County. The guest speakers will be New Jersey State Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco who serves Legislative District 25 in Morris and Somerset counties, and Assemblyman Joseph A. Lagana who serves Legislative District 38 in Bergen and Passaic counties.

The program will begin with introductory remarks given by Prosecutor Knapp and Assemblyman Bucco, followed by guest speaker Assemblyman Lagana who recently introduced a comprehensive legislative package to help combat the ongoing opioid and heroin crisis in New Jersey. Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief Assistant Prosecutor Bradford Seabury will then give a presentation on the heroin and opiate epidemic.

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion. The panelists will include Prosecutor Knapp, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury, Rockaway Borough Chief of Police Douglas Scheer and Addiction Psychiatrist Dr. Mario Finkelstein.

The program will be held at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Ave., Parsippany, NJ from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. While the event is not open to the public, the media is welcome to attend.

“Clergy and government officials provide an excellent conduit to channel vital information reaching large segments of the population. It is encouraging to see their desire to partner with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in a joint effort to educate the community about the heroin and opiate epidemic.” said Prosecutor Knapp.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at [email protected] or 973-285-6215.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Announces the Implementation of a Driving While Intoxicated Checkpoint in Jefferson Township

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations John Speirs, and Jefferson Township Chief of Police William Craig announce the implementation of a joint Driving While Intoxicated checkpoint in Jefferson Township, New Jersey on September 23, 2016 and September 24, 2016. Law enforcement personnel from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Jefferson Township Police Department will be conducting the checkpoint.

The checkpoint is a result of a grant the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has received from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety to conduct DWI checkpoints at various locations throughout Morris County. The County DWI Enforcement Grant is designed to establish checkpoints in cooperation with municipal police departments in the county.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at [email protected] or 973-285-6215.