Man Found Guilty of Sexual Assault of a 5 Year Old Child

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Roxbury Police Chief Marc Palanchi announce that Cameron Muir, DOB 1/3/1994, 23 years-old of Stanhope, New Jersey, was found guilty of two counts of Sexual Assault, crimes of the second degree, and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, crimes of the third degree, after a jury trial before the Honorable Sohail Mohammed, J.S.C. (Passaic Vicinage).

On March 25, 2012, the then 5 year-old female victim disclosed to a family member that the Defendant had sexually assaulted her on two occasions. The first act occurred when the victim was 4 years-old and the Defendant was 17 years-old.  The second act occurred when the victim was 5 years-old and the Defendant was 18 years old.  Mr. Muir was babysitting the victim at the time of the acts in question.

On the afternoon of December 21, 2017, the jury returned a verdict in this matter.  In addition to the verdict of guilty on the charges of Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, the jury acquitted the Defendant of charges of first degree Aggravated Sexual Assault.  Defendant was remanded to the Passaic County Jail and is expected to be sentenced on April 25, 2018.

Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Meg Rodriguez and Assistant Prosecutor Alyssa DiSturco represented the State in these proceedings.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Roxbury Police Department, specifically, Lieutenant Dean Adone, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, specifically, Sergeant Marshall Wang, for their efforts in this matter.

Any inquiries can be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Two Arrested In Connection With Police Pursuit

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Morris Plains Borough Police Chief Jason A. Kohn announce the arrests of Meshach Whagar, age twenty-eight (28), of Newark, New Jersey, and Tione Davis, age thirty-five (35) of East Orange, New Jersey, on charges related to a police pursuit that occurred during the early morning hours of December 19, 2017.

On December 19, 2017, at approximately 1:15 a.m., law enforcement identified a vehicle in the area of Hanover Avenue and Speedwell Avenue in Morris Plains with a registration tag that was not assigned to the vehicle.  When officers attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop, the vehicle accelerated and attempted to flee.  The pursuit continued into Morris Township, where the driver ultimately lost control and crashed into a telephone pole on Hanover Avenue.  Both occupants fled the car on foot.  Whagar, later identified as the driver, was located hiding in a garage in Morris Township shortly after the pursuit.  Davis was apprehended on the morning of December 20th at his place of employment.

During a search of the car, law enforcement officers recovered two (2) handguns.  One (1) of the handguns contained dum-dum bullets.

Whagar was charged with one count of Eluding, a crime of the second degree, two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, crimes of the second degree, one count of Burglary, a crime of the third degree, one count of Resisting Arrest, a crime of the third degree, one count of Hindering Apprehension, a crime of the third degree, and one count of Possession of Dum-Dum Bullets, a crime of the fourth degree.  Whagar was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility on a warrant-complaint in accordance with the Criminal Justice Reform Act.

Davis was charged with two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, crimes of the second degree, one count of Resisting Arrest, a crime of the third degree, and one count of Possession of Dum-Dum Bullets, a crime of the fourth degree.  Davis 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 Morris Plains Borough Police Department, the Morris Township Police Department, the New Jersey State Police, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Hanover Township Police Department, the Morristown Police Department, the Morris County Park Police, the Madison Police Department, and the Florham Park Police Department.

The charges and allegations are merely accusations, and both Defendants are 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 Morris Plains Police Department at 973-538-2284.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Paul Merkler at (973) 285-6215 or at [email protected]

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Announces The Implementation Of a Driving While Intoxicated Checkpoint in Morris Plains

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations John R. Speirs, and Morris Plains Chief of Police Jason Kohn announce the implementation of a joint Driving While Intoxicated checkpoint in Morris Plains, New Jersey during the month of December 2017.  Law enforcement personnel from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Morris Plains Police Department will be conducting the checkpoint.

The checkpoint is funded by grants that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Morris Plains Police Department received from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety to conduct DWI checkpoints at various locations throughout Morris County.

Further checkpoint dates will be announced in the future.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at (973) 829-8159.