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At Least 20 New Jersey Corrections Officers Accused Of Crimes

Date: June 8, 2017

At least 20 New Jersey corrections officers have been involved in offenses that led to multiple charges. Some of them got involved in smuggling drug cases while others were involved in sexual assaults. Not all of them were dismissed from their post, but most of them were convicted of the crime and sent to jail. Given below is the information of officers who faced legal problems:

A former senior corrections officer named Erick Melgar, who was appointed at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Union Township, was involved in sexually abusing 16 females between the time periods from 2008 to 2010. From the total, 7 females accused him of sexual abuse and he was never charged for the crime because he succeeded in proving himself innocent. He agreed to pay the huge amount of $75,000 to 6 inmates, who accused him.

A Hudson County corrections officer named Isakova O. Sealy is facing multiple charges including conspiracy to commit official misconduct and attempted official misconduct as he was involved in smuggling into the correctional facility. He was taken into custody in 2016 for illegal acts.

An officer was dismissed from his position for the preparation of fake reports; Dennis Lewis Jr. was the officer who was taken into custody on gun charges as he got involved in a quarrel with a female. He told the Essex County sheriff’s officers that he is on-duty. He presented an altered state corrections identification card and badge to them for which he is fired.

Alan Carrino Jr., a Bergen County corrections officer, was taken into custody in the starting months of 2017 for sexually assaulting a girl. His charges included aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child stemming from the case that happened almost 10 years ago.

A corrections officer at South Woods State Prison named Charles W. Helms got involved in a sexual abuse case with a 4-year-old girl. His history also showed an assault incident that happened 30 years back. He was charged for sexual assault, molesting and endangering the welfare of a child.

Michael Marrero was charged last year as he was involved in the case of receiving money to provide drugs in jail. He was a New Jersey State Prison corrections officer. The authorities came to know about his involvement after the investigation as many inmates suffered an overdose of the drugs. There are multiple charges against him including money laundering, conspiracy to distribute drugs and bribery.

A former senior New Jersey State Prison employee named Eric Dawson was one of the individuals who were charged for involvement in the smuggling case. They used to provide tobacco in the Trenton facility. He also provided cell phones and jewelry in the facility for which he was charged with bribery, financial facilitation of criminal activity and making a cellular device available inside a correctional facility.

In January 2017, a former state corrections officer named Aaron L. Milliner pleaded guilty to aggravated assault involving a teenager who was shot and left with critical back injury. Milliner was at his home at his Newark apartment when his roommate told him that an individual is firing in the street. He left his apartment with the gun and started shooting in the street. A teenager was shot in her back who suffered life-threatening injury.

In the previous year, Cole Boykin Jr. was charged for getting involved in a sexual encounter with a teenager at an Edison hotel. His charges included sexual assault, child endangerment and prostitution.

In February 2017, Gwendolyn Broughton was charged for theft as she was involved in stealing cash as treasurer of the local union chapter. She had withdrawn cash from the time period of 2011 to 2016 for which she is dismissed from her post.

A former Essex County Correctional Facility guard named Shawn Shaw was convicted last year for sexually assaulting a female inmate. The incident occurred almost 6 years ago and he attempted to hide the crime.

In January 2017, Jaquae Hollingshead was indicted on official misconduct as he used to provide marijuana to inmates at the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility in Chesterfield. He received money from friends and family members of the inmates to provide drugs inside the facility.

Back in the month of March, Wade Hyman was charged for using certain electronic devices in correctional facilities. He also provided a mobile phone to an inmate to help the inmate contact someone outside the facility which is illegal.

Back in May, a former corrections officer at the Atlantic County Justice Facility named Castulo Matos pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with an inmate. He was serving as a supervisor of the woman.

Elbert B. Johnson II, who was a corrections officer at the Salem County Correctional Facility, was sentenced in the month of May to serve 5 years in jail for sexually assaulting a male inmate. He told the officer guarding the cell to leave for relaxing and he entered the cell to sexually assault the inmate.

The 2 officers charged for official misconduct and tampering with public records or information in the month of April were Isaac Wood and Trachell Syphax. In 2016, Wood beat an inmate and Syphax was also there watching the whole scene. He didn’t stop Wood for using his power. They filed fake police reports linked to the case for which they both were charged.

During the time period of 2 years, 4 former corrections officers, from the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for women, sexually assaulted 8 inmates. They were indicted in January for the accusation of sexual assault.

A Hudson County corrections officer from North Bergen named Michael J. Hansen was charged back in the month of April for involvement in the accident which left 2 politicians dead. He left the accident spot after the accident for which he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and death of an individual. He may be sentenced to spend 10 years in jail.

In the month of March 2017, Joshua Carr was charged for purchasing drugs in Trenton. He was taken into custody during a drug deal and was charged with possessing heroin and related charges. The officers got many packets of heroin and a huge amount of cash.

A corrections officer at the Camden County Correctional Facility was involved in a child pornography distribution case for which he was taken into custody in March. The officers found recordings of child pornography on a cell phone. He is suspended without pay from his job awaiting the case decision.

News Source: www.NJ.com

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Attorney James A. Abate practices Criminal Defense, DWI Defense, Business Litigation, Real Estate & Personal injury cases in Union County, New Jersey.