Freehold, NJ- Robert Honecker, Esq. smiled broadly as he left Judge Ronald Lee Reisner’s courtroom at 9:10 a.m. on Friday morning, followed closely by his client Matthew Kleinstein and the Kleinstein family.
Judge Reisner was not on the bench. A reporter sat in the last row of the courtroom with a perplexed look on her face. Kleinstein, the former Marlboro Camp Counselor who pleaded guilty in August to 4th degree Cyber Harassment after sending images of his penis to four 11-13 female campers in his care the previous summer, had his sentencing hearing outside of the presence of the media.
It is a rare occurrence that Court proceedings start promptly at 9 a.m. when so scheduled. If you’re summoned to Court at 9 a.m. and bring an attorney, chances are pretty good that you’ll be paying for an hour or two of his/her time to work on other cases from his/her phone and/or laptop computer.
Judge Reisner started his calendar promptly on Friday morning. Maybe even early. He dealt with the Kleinstein matter and then apparently left the bench as approximately 30 other defendants patiently waited in the courtroom for their sentencing hearings.
Kleinstein was admitted to the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program for a minimum of one year, according to Charles Webster, spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Judge Reisner told Kleinstein that should he fail to comply with or be terminated from the the PTI program, that he will be sentenced pursuant to his guilty plea, Webster said. Kleinstein must pay a $50 PTI enrollment fee and a $75 safe neighborhoods assessment. He must submit to mandatory drug and alcohol monitoring as determined by the probation department. If Kleinstein goes one year without getting in any trouble with the law, the record of his conviction will be expunged.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office and a civil lawsuit filed in the matter, Kleinstein sent photos, via text message and SnapChat, of his penis to four female campers, ages 11-13, on or about June 28, 2014 while he was working as a counselor at the Marlboro Township Summer Camp at Marlboro High School.
The lawsuit alleges that Kleinstein remained employed by the Township Recreation Department for the remainder of the summer and was transferred to work with a group of second and third grade campers. A Marlboro official who requested anonymity confirmed to MMM that Kleinstein remained employed throughout the summer of 2014 and that he was transferred to work with a different group of campers after the texting incident become known to the Recreation Department.
No legal action was taken against Kleinstein until the father of one of the victims filed a complaint in February of 2015.
A joint investigation was conducted by the Marlboro Police Department and the Special Victims Bureau and Computer Crimes Unit of the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office, according to Webster.
The defendant waived his right to have the matter presented to a Grand Jury and pleaded guilty to an Accusation on August 17, 2015. At that time Judge Reisner released him on his own recognizance.
Kleinstein, 20, was 18 when the sexting incident occurred. He was an All Star baseball player at Colts Neck High School, from where he graduated in 2013. He now plays baseball for Felician College.
Kleinstein’s father, Darrin, was the Vice Chairman of the Marlboro Township Recreation Department while his son was employed as a camp counselor. A recent Recreation Department newsletter distributed to Marlboro residents lists the elder Kleinstein as the current Vice Chairman of the Rec Committee. Township Administrator Jonathan Capp was quoted by The Asbury Park Press stating that Darrin is no longer the Vice Chair of the Recreation Committee.
The lawsuit filed by one of the victims on September 18th, alleges that Darrin participated in a cover-up of the sexting incident.