Prosecutor commemorates Denim Day

Prosecutor commemorates Denim Day

Left to Right are Freeholder John Cesaro, Emily Elias, Alexis Rachel, Prosecutor Knapp
And Freeholders Doug Cabana, Christine Myers, and Deborah Smith

The Morris County Board of Freeholders, along with Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, have joined an international campaign to raise awareness and educate the public about the intolerable violent crime of sexual assault by declaring this Saturday, April 29, 2017, as “Denim Day’’ in Morris County.

The freeholders this morning presented a formal proclamation for Denim Day to Prosecutor Knapp and Emily Elias, community and education outreach coordinator for Morris CARES, a program of Atlantic Health Systems and the designated sexual assault center for Morris County.

Also attending the freeholders’ work session this morning in Morristown were Alexis Rachel, Sexual Assault Response Team coordinator for Atlantic Health, and key members of the Prosecutor’s Office.

“The Freeholders want to put the spotlight on a serious problem in our society – one that can affect any person or any family at any time, and especially targets women: that is, sexual abuse,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana.

“We also are recognizing the diligence of many dedicated persons, groups, and agencies in Morris County who work to support sexual assault victims and their families, and who work to prevent these horrible assaults,’’ he added.
“The plight of the victims of sexual assault is one we take extremely seriously,’’ said Prosecutor Knapp. We commemorate Denim Day so that we do not victimize the survivors and victims of sexual assault once again.”

The Denim Day campaign originated as a result of an Italian Supreme Court decision in 1999 that overturned a rape conviction because the female victim wore jeans. The Italian court reasoned that because the jeans were “tight,” the victim must have helped her attacker remove them, and that demonstrated consent.

Wearing jeans has since become an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault that place the blame on the victim and ignores the coercion, threats and violence that accompany sexual assault.

The proclamation “calls attention to, and helps dispel the myths that still surround sexual assault, and to recognize the diligence of the many dedicated individuals, groups and agencies in the community who are working tirelessly to support sexual assault victims and their families and to prevent sexual violence.’’

According to the federal government:
• Every two minutes in someone is sexually assaulted in the U.S.
• Females 16 to 24 are four times more likely to be sexual assault victims than other age groups.
• Persons under 18 years of age account for 67 percent of all sexual assaults reported to police, with children under 12 accounting for 34 percent and children under 6 accounting for 14 percent.
• The majority of rapes, some 54 percent, are not reported.
• Only one of four reported rapes results in an arrest and only one in four arrests leads to a conviction.

Morris CARES will mark Denim Day on Sunday with a free community event from 12 noon to 3 p.m.at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum on East Hanover Avenue in Morris Township (across the street from the Morris County Library). The free event will include yoga and self-defense demonstrations, self-care initiatives, and booths providing educational resources, plus survivors of sexual assault will share their stories.

For more information on sexual violence in our state and nation, please visit the following:
http://www.nsvrc.org/sites/default/files/publications_nsvrc_factsheet_media-packet_statistics-about-sexual-violence_0.pdf
https://www.nsopw.gov/en-US/Education/FactsStatistics?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1#sexualabuse
http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/rsavcaf9513.pdf

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To contact Morris CARES call 973- 971-4754 or email Emily Elias at [email protected]

To reach the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, visit: https://prosecutor.morriscountynj.gov/

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Morris County Prosecutor’s Office promotes six

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces the promotion of six individuals to fill currently open investigative supervisory positions.

Prosecutor Knapp said “Upon the retirement of Deputy Chief Denise Arseneault in February of this year, vacancies arose which necessitated several promotions. I am extremely proud to announce the promotion of six outstanding members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office investigative staff.”

The promotions will be formally performed in ceremonies on Friday in Morristown.

Captain Stephen Wilson will be promoted to Deputy Chief. A graduate of Rutgers University, Wilson joined the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 2000 as a detective and has served in all divisions of the MCPO, primarily the Major Crimes Unit. Most recently Captain Wilson supervised the Special Operations Division.

Through his career, Wilson has received numerous commendations for his investigative work in regard to homicides, police-involved shootings, sex crimes, violent crimes and also for his response and efforts at Ground Zero on 9/11. Deputy Chief Wilson will command all investigative units and report directly to Chief of Investigations John R. Speirs.

Lieutenant Brian Keane will be promoted to Captain. A graduate of Seton Hall University, Keane joined the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 1993 as a detective.

Through his career, Keane has conducted numerous surface and undercover narcotics operations, qualifying as a Superior Court expert in the field. He has taken part in hundreds of high-risk operations, including the seizure of 675 kilos of cocaine from a residence in Madison. Captain Keane will command the Special Operations Division, which is comprised of the Special Enforcement, Fugitive, Intelligence/Homeland Security and High Tech Crimes Units.

Sergeant Christoph Kimker will be promoted to Lieutenant. A graduate of Seton Hall University, Kimker joined the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 2004 as a detective.

During his career, Kimker also has been a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team and has been a firearms instructor. Lieutenant Kimker will supervise the Professional Standards, Financial Crimes, Insurance Fraud, Bias and Arson/Environmental Crimes Units in the Specialized Crimes Division.

Detective Supervisor Anne-Marie Truppo will be promoted to Sergeant. Truppo, who graduated from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, began her career with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office as a support staff member in 2003 and was promoted to detective in 2005, serving primarily in the Sex Crimes and Child Endangerment Unit.

In 2011, she received a Certificate of Recognition from the Morris County Detectives’ Association for her outstanding work in a case involving sexual assaults of multiple children by a stranger. The perpetrator was arrested and pleaded guilty. Sergeant Truppo will supervise the General Investigations Unit of the Courts and Administrative Division.

Detective Joseph Soulias will be promoted to Detective Supervisor. A former Lieutenant in the New Jersey State Police, Soulias joined the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 2015 after serving with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.

A graduate of Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey), Soulias has worked in the Financial Crimes Unit and is a certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. Detective Supervisor Soulias will assist in the supervision of the Financial Crimes, Insurance Fraud, Bias, Professional Standards and Arson/Environmental Crimes Units in the Specialized Crimes Division.

Detective Jazmin Munoz-Felder will be promoted to Detective Supervisor. Munoz-Felder was hired by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 2013. She previously worked for the Middlesex County College Police Department and the Rutgers University Police Department, then known as the University of Medicine and Dentistry Police Department. Detective Supervisor Munoz-Felder has been assigned to the Sex Crimes and Child Endangerment Unit where she has been highly commended for her work.

Munoz-Felder will continue to be assigned to the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit of the Tactical Division and assist in its supervision.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer Fred Snowflack at [email protected] or (973) 829-8159.

Rockaway Township Police Officer charged with sexual assault

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Martin McParland, Jr. of the Rockaway Township Police Department announce that Wilfredo Guzman, age 44, of Rockaway Township, New Jersey, has been charged with two counts of Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(c)4, crimes of the second degree; two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C: 24-4(a)1, crimes of the third degree, two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C: 24-4(a)2, crimes of the third degree. Mr. Guzman is a police officer with the Rockaway Township Police Department.

These charges relate to actions Mr. Guzman is alleged to have engaged in with two minor females, one of whom was between the ages of 16-17 years-old, and another who was 15 years- old during the time in question.

It is alleged that Mr. Guzman engaged in acts of sexual penetration with the two females on various dates in 2014 and 2015. It is further alleged that Mr. Guzman provided both females alcohol and prescription medication.

Mr. Guzman was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, Professional Standards Unit, Special Enforcement Unit, High Tech Crimes Unit, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigations Section whose efforts contributed to the investigation of the matter. Prosecutor Knapp would also like to thank and acknowledge Chief McParland and members of the Rockaway Township Police Department for their cooperation with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office during the pendency of this investigation.

Anyone having any information relating to these incidents is asked to contact Detective Supervisor Marshall Wang at [email protected] or 973-285-6312.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to Press Information Officer Fred Snowflack at [email protected]