70 YEAR OLD MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT AND ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Kinnelon Borough Police Chief John Schwartz announce that Thomas Thomasevich age 70, of Oakland, has been charged with two counts of Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(b), a crime of the second degree; two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a(1), a crime of the third degree; and six counts of Cruelty & Neglect of Children in violation of N.J.S.A. 9:6-3, a crime of the fourth degree.

This 70-year-old defendant is alleged to have committed acts of sexual contact on two minor female students known to him while he was working as a driver for the First Student Bus Company, located out of Butler, New Jersey. Such acts were committed in the presence of several other minor students. The defendant has been charged by warrant-complaint and is currently lodged at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a court appearance.

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

Anyone with information relating to this incident is encouraged to call the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200 or the Kinnelon Borough Police Department at 973-835-5400.

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.

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