Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Engages with Student Athletes from Fairleigh Dickinson University

On January 11, 2021, Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, First Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Calderwood and Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre joined the student athletes and coaches of Fairleigh Dickinson University Athletes for Change and Equality, to share an inspirational message and participate in a Q&A with members.

Created by women’s basketball coach Melissa Brooks, Athletes for Change and Equality (ACE) is a new student group made up of representatives from each athletic team to cultivate inclusivity, discuss social justice and promote cultural change. The leadership committee is comprised of six student-athletes from the football, volleyball, women’s lacrosse and women’s basketball programs.

The student leaders shared their reasons for joining ACE and what they hoped to accomplish, both personally and for their campus community. They also engaged in a candid and informative exchange on accountability, use of force, Black Lives Matter movement, upcoming changes to New Jersey law enforcement, their own experiences growing up, and similar topics.

Acting Prosecutor Carroll shared his decades-long background in criminal justice and working with Native American Tribes to establish government entities and regulatory systems. He reflected on his years as a college athlete at Wake Forest University, which imparted lifelong lessons on working with and developing bonds with diverse teammates, self-discipline, and maintaining a strong work ethic. Acting Prosecutor Carroll commended the athletes for their dedication to their athletics and to the ACE objectives and encouraged them to continue their efforts to understand and seek solutions to current societal challenges.

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll added, “I can tell you that as a D1 athlete, and all of you who are athletes know this, you have to sacrifice. You have to sacrifice things that students who aren’t athletes don’t have to sacrifice. That type of focused mindset, that dedication to what you want to do and what you want to achieve on a personal level and achieve as part of a team, are experiences and skills that will be useful in your later life.  You are all future leaders.”

First Assistant Prosecutor Calderwood and Det. Supervisor LaGuerre likewise added examples from their life’s experiences that emphasized different perspectives and solutions to challenges they endured in their professional careers, and provided examples of how perseverance and good character practices are beneficial in later life.

In autumn, Acting Prosecutor Carroll and Detective Supervisor LaGuerre joined student football players, coaches and administrators of Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Schools for a similar virtual assembly.

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

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Engages with Student Athletes from Fairleigh Dickinson University

Members of the Fairleigh Dickinson Athletes for Change and Equality (ACE) meeting with Acting Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, First Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Calderwood, and Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre on January 11, 2021.

29-Year-Old Man Charged with Invasion of Privacy, Peering & Stalking

January 13, 2021

 

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker and Wharton Police Department Chief David Young announce the arrest of Luis Rodriguez-Ponce, age 29, of Rockaway Township. The defendant has been charged with Invasion of Privacy, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-9a, a crime of the fourth degree; Peering into Dwelling Places, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:18-3c, a crime of the fourth degree; and Stalking, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-10b, a crime of the fourth degree.

It is alleged that between December 1, 2020 and January 9, 2021, the defendant stalked a female acquaintance, sent her harassing communications, and followed her back to her home on several occasions. It is further alleged that the defendant peered into her bedroom window as she was changing her clothes. The defendant has been charged by warrant-complaint and is currently lodged at the Morris County Correctional Facility in accordance with Criminal Justice Reform.

Acting Prosecutor Carroll would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit and the Wharton 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 Wharton Police Department at 973-366-0557.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless 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.