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.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces New County Critical Infrastructure Coordinator

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr. announce the hiring and swearing in of Patrick Owens as the Morris County Critical Infrastructure Coordinator. He will be assigned to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Intelligence/Homeland Security Unit within the Special Operations Division.

Patrick has been a member of law enforcement for the past 35 years. He began his career as a patrol officer with the South Brunswick Police Department, where he was promoted through the ranks to the position of Captain. Following his time with the South Brunswick Police Department, Patrick worked with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office as the Risk Mitigation Planner. For the last four years, he has served as the State Critical Infrastructure Coordinator for the State of New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.

As the Morris County Critical Infrastructure Coordinator, Patrick will conduct security assessments of facilities throughout Morris County. The assessments will be conducted on churches, synagogues, other religious facilities, schools, hospitals, and other public buildings that make up the infrastructure of the county. The goal of the security assessments is to ensure that all facilities throughout Morris County are as safe and secure as possible from all potential threats.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “Patrick Owens’ long and accomplished career in law enforcement has made him the perfect candidate to fulfill the duties of such an important position in our office. We at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office are excited to have him join us as the County Critical Infrastructure Coordinator”.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces New County Critical Infrastructure Coordinator
From left: CAP Brad Seabury, Lt. Jan Monrad, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Morris County Critical Infrastructure Coordinator Patrick Owens, Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr., and FAP Tom Zelante.

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

Law Enforcement Authorities Investigating Armed Robberies in Morris County

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr., Chief Christopher F. Cannizzo of the East Hanover Police Department, and Chief David N. Stokoe of the Randolph Police Department announce an active investigation into a series of armed robberies that occurred on January 10, 2019, in Morris County.

At approximately 12:13 a.m., law enforcement officers were dispatched to the Exxon Gas Station, located on Route 10 East in East Hanover, on a report of an armed robbery. The gas station clerk reported that while he was counting cash, a man entered the store carrying a handgun and demanded money. The clerk dropped the money on the ground, which was picked up by the man. The man left the store with the cash and fled on foot.

The assailant is described as a black male, thin build, approximately 20- to-25 years old, carrying a black handgun. He was wearing black pants, a black and white top, grey hoodie sweatshirt, gloves and a ski mask.

Still images of the suspect can be seen below.

Law Enforcement Authorities Investigating Armed Robberies in Morris County

Law Enforcement Authorities Investigating Armed Robberies in Morris County

Law Enforcement Authorities Investigating Armed Robberies in Morris County

At approximately 1:36 a.m., law enforcement officers were dispatched to the 7-11 store, located on South Salem Street in Randolph, on a report of an armed robbery. The store clerk reported that he was working at the counter when a man entered the store, showed a black handgun, and demanded money. After the clerk provided cash to the man, the man left the store with the cash and fled on foot.

The assailant is described as a black male, thin build, carrying a black handgun. He was wearing black pants with a white checkered pattern on the legs, a grey hoodie sweatshirt, black gloves, and a ski mask.

Still images of the suspect can be seen below.

Law Enforcement Authorities Investigating Armed Robberies in Morris County

Law Enforcement Authorities Investigating Armed Robberies in Morris County

Numerous law enforcement agencies are currently investigating this incident, including the East Hanover Police Department, the Randolph Police Department, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office – Major Crimes Unit, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information about this incident, including the identity of this assailant, is asked to call the East Hanover Police Department at 973-887-0432, Randolph Police Department at 973-989-7000, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office – Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200, or Crimestoppers at 973-267-2255 or www.copcall.org.

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