Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Educate Community on Opioid Epidemic

On Sunday, January 28th, 2018, Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury, and Chief Peer Recovery Specialist Alton Robinson of Morris CARES, joined the members of the Temple Shalom of Succasunna for a Brotherhood Breakfast presentation on the ongoing opioid epidemic. The Brotherhood meets monthly to discuss issues that affect the local community.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Educate Community on Opioid Epidemic

As expressed by Prosecutor Knapp, in order to truly make progress against the opioid epidemic, it is necessary for the residents of Morris County to understand the enormity of this crisis. To that goal, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has conducted numerous educational presentations by Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury since 2015. As the stigma surrounding opioid use and the disease of substance abuse disorder is continuously erased, progress in this battle will continue to be made.

The presentation covered multiple aspects of the opioid epidemic, including how it impacts the community, what law enforcement is doing to combat the crisis, and the success of the current programs in Morris County.

Even though the majority of people in our community have been affected by the opioid epidemic in some way, there has been a general lack of knowledge about how street opiates have changed over the years. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury provided a basic understanding of pharmaceutical opioid drug abuse, how this problem can lead to addiction, how heroin is used, distributed, and priced in Morris County, as well as how Fentanyl has become a major killer of drug users.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office along with the Morris Center for Addiction Recovery Education & Success (CARES), are seeking to make Morris County stigma-free, while offering the best possible opportunities for those suffering from substance abuse disorder to change their lives.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

29 Year Old Man Charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Borough of Morris Plains Police Chief Jason A. Kohn announce that Luis M. Sanango-Lazo, age 29, of Morris Plains, has been charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(a)7, a crime of the first degree; Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(c)1, a crime of the second degree; Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3(a), a crime of the third degree, and Criminal Sexual Contact in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3(b), a crime of the fourth degree.

This 29 year old defendant is alleged to have sexually assaulted an adult female who was known to him after she fell asleep in the defendant’s residence in Morris Plains. When the victim woke up the following morning, she reportedly felt vaginal discomfort. She responded to the Morristown Medical Center and submitted to an examination by a Forensic Nurse Examiner who obtained evidence. Thereafter, scientific evidence was obtained that led to the filing of the criminal charges against this Defendant.

The defendant was charged and is currently lodged at the Morris County Correctional Facility in accordance with Criminal Justice Reform.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, the Borough of Morris Plains Police Department, and the New Jersey State Police whose efforts contributed to the investigation of the matter.

Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to call Sgt. Marshall Wang of the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200 or Det. Ryan McKay of the Morris Plains Police Department at 973-538-2284.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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

Man Arrested for January 18th Incident Involving Kidnapping and Aggravated Sexual Assault, as well as a String of Burglaries in Late 2017 in Morristown

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Morristown Bureau of Police Chief Peter Demnitz announce the arrest of Brian Session, age forty-seven (47) of East Orange, New Jersey, on numerous charges related to a kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault that occurred in Morristown on January 18, 2018, as well as a string of residential burglaries that occurred in Morristown in November and December 2017.

During the early afternoon of January 18, 2018, the Morristown Bureau of Police responded to an apartment building on a report of a sexual assault. The investigation subsequently revealed that an adult female returned home from shopping and came upon an unknown male in her apartment. During the course of the interaction between the two, the male demanded an ATM pin number for a credit card and broke various electronics belonging to the victim. The victim was attacked with a taser and forcibly bound. The victim was ultimately sexually assaulted. After the assault, the male left the victim’s apartment, taking an amount of cash and a credit card from the victim. The victim was able to subsequently free herself, escape and notify police.

During the course of the investigation into this incident, Detectives were able to obtain a description of the male assailant from the victim. They were also able to obtain surveillance footage depicting a male fitting the actor’s description. The surveillance footage captured this male in the area of the incident around the time of these crimes. Surveillance footage also captured a vehicle with distinctive characteristics around the time of this incident that was suspected to be involved.

As a result of this investigation, the Defendant, Brian Session, was identified as a potential suspect. Session was known to operate a vehicle fitting the description of the vehicle captured on surveillance footage. It was also determined that a cellular phone believed to be utilized by Session was in the Morristown area around the time of this incident. During subsequent searches related to the investigation, various additional items of evidence were recovered that linked Session to this crime, including a taser, and an article of clothing consistent with the clothing worn by the actor.

Session was ultimately charged with various crimes related to the January 18th incident, including 1st degree Kidnapping, multiple counts of 1st degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, 2nd degree counts of Sexual Assault, Burglary and Robbery, as well as 3rd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, 4th degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and 4th degree Theft by Unlawful Taking.

In addition to the charges related to the January 18th incident, Session was also charged for his involvement in a string of residential burglaries that had occurred in Morristown in November and December 2018. These residential burglaries are alleged to have occurred at various apartments within 12 Ridgedale Avenue and 34 Hill Street in Morristown.

The Ridgedale Avenue burglaries are alleged to have occurred on or about November 15th and/or 16th, 2017 and involved the forcible entry into numerous apartments. At some of these locations, items were stolen from the apartments, while others involved only attempts to enter the apartment. In total, Session has been charged with three (3) counts of 3rd degree Burglary, one (1) count of 3rd degree Theft by Unlawful Taking, one (1) count of 4th degree Theft by Unlawful Taking, and three (3) counts of 3rd degree Attempted Burglary.

The Hill Street burglaries are alleged to have occurred on or about December 5, 2017 and also involved the forcible entry into two apartments. At each of the locations, items were stolen from the apartments. In total, Session has been charged with two (2) counts of 3rd degree Burglary, and two (2) counts of 3rd degree Theft by Unlawful Taking.

Brian Session was arrested on January 19, 2018 and subsequently charged during the early morning hours of January 20, 2018. He was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility on a warrant-complaint in accordance with the Criminal Justice Reform Act.

The investigation into the January 18th incident was led by Detectives from the Morristown Bureau of Police and the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. These Detectives were assisted in their efforts by numerous other agencies and units, to include the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Special Operations Division and Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

Anyone with information related to any of these incidents is strongly encouraged to contact the Morristown Bureau of Police at 973-538-2200, the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200 or Crimestoppers at 973- COP-CALL (973-267-2255).

The charges and allegations against this Defendant are merely accusations, and this Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty.

Any press inquiries can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.