Morris County Prosecutor’s Office to Host Community Outreach Program Covering Immigrant Trust Directive and Bias Crimes

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, partnering with the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office and Presbyterian Church of Morristown, will be hosting their third public outreach program as part of the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General’s 21-21 Community Policing Project.

The 21-21 Community Policing Project was implemented by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in 2018, with the goal of building strong relationships between law enforcement and the community. The first two programs covered Officer Involved Shootings and the Opioid Epidemic, and were positively received by those in attendance. This third program will focus on the recently issued New Jersey Office of the Attorney General Immigrant Trust Directive and Bias Crimes.

The event will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Morristown’s Parish House, located at 65 South St., Morristown, NJ 07960. The program will run from 6-8 p.m. with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Representatives from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office will provide the presentation. It is a free event and all members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office to Host Community Outreach Program Covering Immigrant Trust Directive and Bias Crimes

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

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Washington Township Police Department Confirm Fire Investigation

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr. and Chief Jeffrey Almer of the Washington Township Police Department confirm the investigation of a fire occurring on Pickle Road, in Washington Township, New Jersey on January 21, 2019.

At approximately 10:30 p.m., police and fire officials were dispatched to Pickle Road on a report of a residential fire. Responders located an active fire to a dwelling. The preliminary investigation has revealed that the fire resulted in one (1) fatality. The investigation remains ongoing and the identity of the individual will not be released at this time.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Washington Township Police Department, the Washington Township Fire Companies, the Long Valley First Aid Squad, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, the Morris County Office of Emergency Management, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Fire/Environmental Unit, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and all other mutual aid providers for their efforts in this matter.

Further information concerning this matter will be released at a later time.

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

Former Boy Scout Assistant Scoutmaster Sentenced on Sexual Assault Charges

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Chief Jason A. Kohn of the Morris Plains Police Department, and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr. announce that Stephen Corcoran, age 51, with a last known address in Morris Plains, New Jersey was sentenced to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.  The sentence is subject to Megan’s Law and Community Supervision of Life.  

In August 2018, Corcoran pled guilty to four (4) separate counts of Sexual Assault, all crimes of the second degree.  These charges represent separate acts of sexual penetration committed upon the three individual victims between 1997 and 1999 in the Borough of Morris Plains.  As part of the plea, the Defendant acknowledged that he was in a supervisory position as a result of his Assistant Scoutmaster status.

The case came to light in November 2011, when a former boy scout came forward and disclosed to law enforcement that he had been sexually assaulted by his former Assistant Scoutmaster, later identified as the Defendant, while the victim was a juvenile.  Subsequent investigation revealed two additional former boy scouts who also disclosed that they had been sexually assaulted by the Defendant in the 1990s, when each of these victims were juveniles.  One of the victims disclosed a course of abuse that occurred over several years.

Sentence was imposed by the Hon. Thomas J. Critchley, J.S.C.  The State was represented by Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Schellhorn and Assistant Prosecutor Catherine LaQuaglia in this matter.  

The Defendant is currently serving a seven (7) year State Prison sentence related to his 2017 convictions for Exhibition of Child Pornography, a crime of the second degree, and 11 counts of Possession of Child Pornography, crimes of the fourth degree.  The sentence imposed for the Sexual Assault convictions will run concurrent to the Child Pornography convictions.

The efforts of numerous law enforcement agencies contributed to these convictions, including the Morris Plains Police Department, the Parsippany Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “The Defendant held a trusted leadership role in his community and chose to abuse his power by hurting innocent children. The past cannot be changed, however we hope that this sentence brings some closure to the victims.”

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8151.