Dover Man Charged With Aggravated Manslaughter, Death By Auto, and Knowingly Leaving the Scene

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Colonel Joseph (Rick) Fuentes of the New Jersey State Police, and Rockaway Township Police Chief Walt Ardin, Jr. announce that Edward G. Koloski, 26 years old, of Dover, New Jersey, has been charged with First Degree Aggravated Manslaughter, Second Degree Death by Auto and Second Degree Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death.

At approximately 11:59 pm, on the night of Sunday, February 23, 2014, multiple emergency calls were made reporting a motor vehicle hit and run in the area of the ShopRite shopping center located on Route 46 in Rockaway Township, New Jersey.  Responding police units located a male with apparent injuries consistent with being struck by a motor vehicle.  The male was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The name of the victim is being withheld at this time.

Shortly thereafter, Troopers with the New Jersey State Police responded to the area of Route 80 Eastbound regarding the report of a disabled vehicle. The Troopers made contact with the sole occupant of the vehicle.  The vehicle had extensive front end damage.  The Troopers detected the odor of alcoholic beverages on the person, and also observed that the person was exhibiting signs of being under the influence. The occupant was removed from his vehicle and placed under arrest.

After an investigation, the defendant, Edward Koloski, was charged by way of Warrant-Complaint with Aggravated Manslaughter, a crime of the first degree in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-4a, Death by Auto, a crime of the second degree in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5a, and Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death, a crime of the second degree in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5.1.

The Honorable James M. DeMarzo, J.S.C. set bail in the amount of $350,000 cash, bond or property, with additional conditions set by the Court.

Anyone with information relating to these charges or the accident itself is urged to contact the Rockaway Township Police Department at 973-625-4000, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200 or Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers at 973-267-2255.

Acting Prosecutor Fredric Knapp would like to thank the New Jersey State Police, the Rockaway Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit whose efforts contributed to this arrest.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].

Priest Charged With Criminal Sexual Contact

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Randolph Township Police Chief David Stokoe announce today that Reverend Philip Briganti, 67 years old, of El Paso, Texas, has been charged with one count of Criminal Sexual Contact, a crime of the Fourth Degree, for acts involving an adult male.

Defendant is a retired Paterson Diocesan priest presently living in El Paso, Texas. He had briefly returned to officiate a wedding at St. Paul’s Church in Prospect Park, New Jersey on November 9, 2013. After the wedding reception, he was allegedly on a bus with the victim traveling to a hotel.  At that point in time defendant allegedly engaged in unwanted sexual contact with the victim. Upon notification of the allegation, the Diocese of Paterson immediately notified the Morris County, Passaic County, and Bergen County Prosecutor’s Offices and suspended his faculties.  Although the defendant was charged on February 20, 2014, he is presently in Texas and is not in custody.

The investigation is active and ongoing.  Anyone with information relating to these charges is urged to contact the Randolph Township Police Department at 973-989-7010 or the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit at 973-285-6200.

Acting Prosecutor Fredric Knapp would like to thank the Diocese of Paterson, the Randolph Township Police Department, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit whose efforts contributed to this arrest.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].

Dover Man Charged With Aggravated Sexual Assault of Juvenile

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that Erick Celis, 23 years old, of Dover, New Jersey, has been charged with two counts of First Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault; Second Degree Sexual Assault; and Third Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

The victim, who was under the age of 16, reported that the defendant allegedly had been sexually assaulting her for approximately two years.  The defendant was interviewed by Sergeant Susan Johnson and Detective James Bruno of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit.  Defendant initially denied any contact but ultimately confessed to numerous acts of sexual assault.

Celis was arrested on February 10, 2014, following an investigation conducted by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Honorable Stuart A. Minkowitz, P.J.S.C. set bail at $500,000 full.  The defendant was unable to post bail and was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility. Defendant is here illegally from Mexico.

Anyone with information relating to these charges is urged to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit at 973-285-6200.

Acting Prosecutor Fredric Knapp would like to thank the members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit whose efforts contributed to this arrest.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].