Rockaway Township Police Officer Indicted on Charges of Sexual Assault, Endangering the Welfare of Children, and Official Misconduct

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that Wilfredo Guzman, age 40, of Rockaway Township, New Jersey, has been charged with in two separate indictments. The first indictment charges Mr. Guzman with two counts of Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(c)4, crimes of the second degree; four counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4(a)1 and 2C: 24-4(a)2, crimes of the third degree; and eight counts of Official Misconduct, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:30-2a and N.J.S.A 2C:30-2b, crimes of the second degree. The second indictment charges Mr. Guzman with two counts of Official Misconduct, in violation of N.J.S.A 2C:30-3a and 2C:30-3b, crimes of the second degree; and Possession of Child Pornography, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4b(5)(b), a crime of the third degree.

The Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child charges relate to alleged conduct between Mr. Guzman and 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, and that Mr. Guzman provided both females alcohol and prescription medication during the same time frame.

The acts of Official Misconduct relate to actions taken by Mr. Guzman while employed as a police officer with the Rockaway Township Police Department.

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 continued efforts have contributed to this investigation and prosecution.

Despite the return of the indictments against this Defendant, he is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Any inquiries related to this inquiry can be directed to Agent Paul Merkler of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at [email protected]