Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp Welcomes Two New Assistant Prosecutors to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office

On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, Margaret P. Dellraria and Lucas J. Gatti were sworn in as Assistant Prosecutors with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

Assistant Prosecutor Dellraria graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western New England University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication and a minor in Business. She then attended The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law where she received a Juris Doctor in 2018, ranking 10th out of 75 students. Assistant Prosecutor Dellraria was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 2018. Prior to joining this Office, she was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Sallyanne Floria in Essex County, NJ Superior Court. While attending law school, she served as a Student Attorney, a Legal Extern with the U.S. Department of Justice, a Legal Extern with a private law firm in New York, and as a Legal Intern with the Suffolk County Courts in New York. She begins her career with this Office in the Domestic Violence Unit.

Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp Welcomes Two New Assistant Prosecutors to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office
Prosecutor Knapp and Assistant Prosecutor Dellraria

Assistant Prosecutor Gatti attended the County College of Morris, then Montclair State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts in History. He then attended Rutgers Law School where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2018. Assistant Prosecutor Gatti was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 2018. Prior to joining this Office, he was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Martin G. Cronin in Essex County, NJ Superior Court. While attending Law School, he served as a Law Clerk in a private law firm in New Jersey and as a Legal Intern with the Morris County Office of the Public Defender. He begins his career with this Office in the Pre-Trial Services Unit.

Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp Welcomes Two New Assistant Prosecutors to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office
Prosecutor Knapp and Assistant Prosecutor Gatti

Prosecutor Knapp stated that “The very impressive credentials of these new Assistant Prosecutors will lend itself to the overall effectiveness of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office”. I am confident that both will serve honorably and will benefit the residents of Morris County”, he said.

Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp Welcomes Two New Assistant Prosecutors to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office
From left to right: Prosecutor Knapp, Assistant Prosecutor Gatti, Assistant Prosecutor Dellraria and First Assistant Prosecutor Zelante

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Man Sentenced For His Role in Human Trafficking and Promoting Prostitution of Two Minors, Sexual Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Distribution of Heroin

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker announce that on September 3, 2019, Aldophus Mims, age 42, of Charlotte, North Carolina was sentenced to forty years in New Jersey State Prison. Mr. Mims must serve forty years before he is eligible for parole. Mr. Mims will also be subject to registration pursuant to Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for Life. Mr. Mims was sentenced by the Honorable Donald G. Collester, J.S.C., retired and acting on recall.

On June 12, 2019, a Morris County jury found Mr. Mims guilty of four counts of 1st degree Human Trafficking, three counts of 1st degree Promoting Prostitution, two counts of 2nd degree Sexual Assault, one count of 3rd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and two counts of 3rd degree Distribution of Heroin.

The crimes themselves occurred over a one week span in June of 2015, when Mr. Mims provided heroin to two juvenile females, then aged 15 and 17, and enticed them to engage in acts of prostitution at a Rockaway Township hotel. At the hotel the victims met with several male clients. Mr. Mims would then collect the money received after the sexual acts were completed. The 15-year old victim also disclosed that Mr. Mims engaged in sexual acts with her. Mims then transported the victims to a different hotel in Parsippany to have them continue to engage in acts of prostitution.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Rockaway Borough Police Department, the Rockaway Township Police Department, the Town of Boonton Police Department, the Hackettstown Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit for their involvement in this investigation and prosecution. Prosecutor Knapp would specifically like to thank and recognize the prosecution team of Assistant Prosecutor Laura Magnone, Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Beaman, Sergeant Marshall Wang and Detective Craig May of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for their efforts in this case.

Prosecutor Knapp stated, “Assistant Prosecutors Magnone and Beaman did an outstanding job trying a very complex case. Additionally, the investigation by Sgt. Wang and Det. May was exemplary”. “All are to be commended”, he said. Prosecutor Knapp added, “AP Magnone and Sgt. Wang have been specially trained to investigate and prosecute the heinous crime of human trafficking and are leaders in statewide efforts to do so”.

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Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Continues its Support of Bethel A.M.E. Church of Morristown’s Annual Back to School Block Party

On September 1, 2019, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, along with Detective Supervisor Spence Osaigbovo and Detective Paul Papamarkos, represented the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at the Bethel A.M.E. Church of Morristown’s annual “Back to School Block Party.” Reverend Sidney Williams, of Bethel A.M.E. Church of Morristown, and his team hold this event as a way to bring the community together with children returning for the new school year.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Continues its Support of Bethel A.M.E. Church of Morristown’s Annual Back to School Block Party
Detective Papamarkos, Prosecutor Knapp and Detective Supervisor Osaigbovo

The afternoon consisted of a barbeque, a talent show, live music, and a backpack giveaway for children returning to school. The backpacks were distributed full of school supplies for those kids needing new materials. The generous contributions help to ensure that the attending children go back to school well equipped and prepared for a successful school year.

Members of the Prosecutor’s Office Community Affairs Unit greeted the attendees, and provided informational pamphlets and souvenirs for the children attending the event. Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said, “The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office was honored again to be a part of this important annual tradition. Reverend Williams, and the members of the Bethel A.M.E. Church of Morristown, continue to demonstrate their inspirational dedication to our youth and to the betterment of our community.”

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Continues its Support of Bethel A.M.E. Church of Morristown’s Annual Back to School Block Party
(top) Prosecutor Knapp, Kizzy Wilson, and Detective Supervisor Osaigbovo
(lower left) Detective Papamarkos, Prosecutor Knapp and Reverend Williams

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