Middle School Principal Charged with Attempted Sexual Assault, Luring and Endangering the Welfare of a Child for Contact With 16 Year Old

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Acting Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker and Chief Frank Perna of the Denville Township Police Department announce that Paul Iantosca, age 52, of Randolph, New Jersey, has been charged with one count of Luring in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:13-6(a), a crime of the second degree, one count of Attempted Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1(a)(1)/2C:14-2(c(3)(b), a crime of the second degree; and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C: 24-4(a)1, a crime of the third degree. Iantosca is the Principal at Valleyview Middle School in Denville, New Jersey.

These charges relate to actions Mr. Iantosca is alleged to have engaged in with a 16 year old former student. The defendant was charged and is currently lodged at the Morris County Correctional Facility in accordance with Criminal Justice Reform. No further information will be released at this time.

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

Anyone with information relating to these or any related incident is asked to call Detective Lydia Negron at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6213 or Det. Scot Tobin at the Denville Police Department at 973-627-4900 x9.

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 Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Calderwood Honored for Contributions in the Legal Field

At the annual Law Day Celebration held on May 14, 2019, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Calderwood was recognized by the Morris/Sussex Vicinage and the Morris County Bar Association at the Opening Ceremony of the Morris/Sussex Vicinage Women Pioneers in the Law Exhibit. Remarks were provided by Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court Jaynee LaVechhia, Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court Anne M. Patterson, US District Court Judge Katharine Sweeney Hayden, and Morris County Bar Association President Stephanie Frangos Hagan.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Calderwood has been a member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for over two decades in various units and supervisory roles including, Supervising Assistant Prosecutor of the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, the Professional Standards Unit, and the Trial Division. Additionally, she held the position of Executive Assistant Prosecutor for five years. In 2015, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp designated her as the Chief Assistant Prosecutor of the General Investigations Unit and Pre-Trial Services Unit. In November 2018, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Calderwood took on additional responsibilities as being Chief Assistant Prosecutor of the Major Crimes Unit, Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit and the Domestic Violence Unit.

Throughout her career, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Calderwood has successfully tried numerous complex sex crimes and major crimes cases, including the homicide trials of State v. Kleber Cordova and State v. Anthony Novellino. She was also recognized for her leadership and contributions during her time in the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit by the New Jersey Chapter of ASIS International. In 2017, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Calderwood was commended three separate times for various successes including, the successful prosecution of Anthony Novellino, the preparation and implementation of Criminal Justice Reform in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, and the success of the 2017 New Jersey County Prosecutors Association Annual College.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said, “The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has been extremely fortunate to have Chief Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Calderwood leading our Tactical Units. Her dedication to the Office is outstanding as is her legal acumen. I am very proud that she has received this recognition along with Former First Assistant Prosecutor Karen Kelly Weisert.”.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Calderwood Honored for Contributions in the Legal Field
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Calderwood and First Assistant Prosecutor Tom Zelante

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Calderwood Honored for Contributions in the Legal Field

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

New School Safety Initiative Announced in Morris County

On May 14, 2019, a press conference was held to announce the Responsible School Violence Prevention Preparation Protection, or RSVP3 initiative. The purpose of this announcement was to educate the public about the efforts being implemented in Morris County to prevent school violence and to discuss legislation aiming to establish these prevention efforts throughout New Jersey. This unique initiative, aimed at keeping our schools safe, was announced jointly by New Jersey State Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, President of the Morris County Police Chiefs Association Butler Chief Chiro Chimento, and other community leaders.

Prosecutor Knapp provided remarks at the conference and emphasized that as the chief law enforcement agency in Morris County, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will be working closely with all local law enforcement and community partners invested in this initiative to ensure its success. The goal of this office is to not only be prepared to actively react to any incidents of violence in our schools, but to also contribute to the prevention of incidents through proper training and threat assessments at facilities throughout the county.

During his remarks at the press conference, New Jersey State Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco from District 25, announced that on May 13, 2019, he introduced Assembly Bill A5242 to the Assembly for statewide funding and implementation of RSVP3 throughout New Jersey.

Following the conference, Prosecutor Knapp stated, “Sheriff Gannon has taken an important proactive step to prevent school violence. We support his innovation along with our municipal Police chiefs and school districts. As stated we are tactically prepared for the worst scenarios but by initiating RSVP 3 it is sought to avoid the need for a Tactical response”.

Any suspicious activity witnessed by the public can and should be reported to the Morris County Communications Center at 973-285-2900 or the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Homeland Security Unit at 973-829-8596. If immediate assistance is required call 911.

New School Safety Initiative Announced in Morris County
Prosecutor Knapp

New School Safety Initiative Announced in Morris CountyLocal Law Enforcement and Community Leaders

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