Former Scout leader sentenced to state prison on child pornography charges

A former Boy Scout leader was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in New Jersey State Prison following his conviction on 11 child pornography charges in a case brought by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.

Stephen Corcoran, 49, of Parsippany was sentenced by Judge Thomas Critchley in state Superior Court, Morristown.

“The defendant did take advantage of his position of trust and confidence,” said Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Christopher Schellhorn, who handled the case for the state.

Judge Critchley noted that the crimes involved the “cruel and damaging exploitation of children.”

Corcoran was found guilty April 12 on 10 counts of endangering the welfare of a child by possessing child pornography on a thumb drive and one count of exhibiting or showing child pornography to someone else.

Specifically, he was sentenced to five years on the one count of showing child pornography to someone else and two years total on the 10 counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Those terms will be served consecutively, bringing Corcoran’s total sentence to seven years in prison.

Corcoran also faces trial on sexually abusing three juveniles who were Boy Scouts in the 1990s. Those charges were severed from the pornography case and the jury was not told about them. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent on these charges unless, or until, he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

The case came to light in 2011 during an investigation into the alleged sexual assaults. Evidence presented at trial established that a witness disclosed that Corcoran had exhibited child pornography to him and law enforcement officials subsequently recovered a thumb drive containing child pornography images and videos from Corcoran’s home.

The investigation that led to Corcoran’s conviction was conducted by the Sex Crimes Child Endangerment and High Tech Crimes units of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Criminal Investigation Section of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the Parsippany Police Department.

Inquiries about this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Fred Snowflack at (973) 829-8159 or at [email protected],

Prosecutor donates $10,000 to fight drug abuse

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office on Monday donated $10,000 to help those working to steer drug-troubled individuals into treatment.

The $10,000 check was presented by Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp to the Morris Center for Addiction Recovery Education & Success (CARES) at the organization’s monthly volunteer breakfast in Rockaway Borough.

Prosecutor donates $10,000 to fight drug abuse

The money, which comes from the county’s drug forfeiture fund, will be used to train Peer Recovery Specialists. Under the county’s recently-begun “Narcan 2.0” program, the specialists are summoned whenever the drug Narcan is used to reverse a possible opioid overdose. The specialists work to convince the individual to seek treatment.

The “Narcan 2.0” program, which was initiated last month by Prosecutor Knapp, is designed to give people saved by Narcan a second chance at life.

Knapp noted that the number of Americans who died last year because of opioid addiction surpassed the estimated 58,500 Americans killed in the Vietnam War. The prosecutor stressed that law enforcement alone is not going to solve this epidemic.

Monday’s breakfast exemplified the approach that is needed. On hand were representatives from law enforcement, area hospitals, CARES volunteers and family members of those impacted by opioid addiction.

“Everyone working together, that is how we’re going to beat this,” said Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury, head of the Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Division.

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

Arrest made in Morristown bank robbery

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Morristown Bureau of Police Chief Peter Demnitz announce the arrest of Zachary Zingale, 30, of Morristown on charges related to a bank robbery Friday morning at the TD Bank at 217 South Street in Morristown.

At approximately 10 a.m., law enforcement was notified of the robbery. The subsequent investigation revealed that a male entered the bank, demanded money, threatened the use of a gun, and fled the scene in a vehicle. A sum of money was taken during the incident. Zingale was located near the bank shortly after the robbery. He then tried to flee on foot, but was taken into custody by officers with the Morristown Bureau of Police.

Zingale was charged with one count of Robbery, a crime of the first degree, one count of Theft, a crime of the third degree, and one count of Resisting Arrest, a crime of the third degree. Zingale was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility on a warrant-complaint in accordance with the Criminal Justice Reform Act.

Numerous law enforcement agencies assisted in the investigation, including the Morristown Bureau of Police, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigation Section, and the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

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

Anyone with information about this incident, is asked to call the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200 or the Morristown Police Department at 973-538-2200.

Any press inquiries may be directed to Public Information Officer Fred Snowflack at 973-829-8159 or [email protected]