Self-proclaimed pedophile convicted, faces a possible 61 years

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Gary Wolchesky

Gary Wolchesky, 28, of Middletown, acted as his own attorney in defending himself against 21 counts related to the sexual assaults of the boys, including two counts of first degree Aggravated Sexual Assault and four counts of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child by Manufacturing Child Pornography.  He was found guilty by a Monmouth County Jury in Freehold last week and faces a possible 61 years in State Prison when sentenced by Judge Richard English on March 2, 2017, according to a statement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

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Posted: November 21st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Long Branch Man Guilty Of Sexually Assaulting 7 Year Old Eatontown Girl

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni

Edgar Mejia, 54, of Long Branch, was found guilty on Wednesday by a Monmouth County jury of sexually assaulting a seven year old Eatontown girl in 2014, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

Mejia faces possible incarceration of 30 years to life when Judge David F. Bauman imposes his sentence on March 17, 2017. Mejia has been in the custody of the Monmouth County Correctional Institution with bail set at $300,000 since his arrest on July 21, 2014.

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Posted: November 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Eatontown, Long Branch, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Long Branch Man Guilty Of Sexually Assaulting 7 Year Old Eatontown Girl

42 Drug Arrests Announced: “Operation Justice Served”

42 of 46 people charged with illegal drug offenses were arrested on in October, including 33 buyers and 13 sellers, as the result of a 5 month long joint investigation dubbed “Operation Justice Served,” Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Thursday.

The Freehold Boro Police Department, Freehold Township Police Department, Marlboro Police Department, Manalapan Police Department, Howell Police Department, Brielle Police Department, Asbury Park Police Department, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department, Eatontown Police Department, the New Jersey State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration, US Marshals Service and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office participated in the operation.

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Posted: November 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Monmouth University Student Used Fake Gun in Hold Up

Keith Williams

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Keith Williams, the 18 year old Monmouth University freshman football player arrested for the armed robbery that occurred on the West Long Branch campus last night, was wielding an imitation handgun that resembles a black semiautomatic handgun, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.

At approximately 9:17 p.m., on Tuesday November 1, 2016, Williams approached 2 female Monmouth University students who were walking on campus.

Wearing dark clothing and a mask, Williams demanded that the girls turn over their cellular telephones. The girls attempted to walk away and the individual produced what appeared to be a handgun and pointed it in their direction. The females then began to sprint in the opposite direction of the armed individual, who ultimately also fled the area without the cellphones or any other property.

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Posted: November 2nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

Seeking Manalapan Bank Robber, Prosecutor Releases Video and Photos

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni released surveillance video of the man investigators believe robbed the the Sun National Bank branch on Route 9 southbound between Taylor’s Mills Rd. and Symmes Drive in Manalapan last week.  The video was capture at a nearby retail location about an hour the robbery.

Investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect.

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Posted: October 4th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Manalapan, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Seeking Manalapan Bank Robber, Prosecutor Releases Video and Photos

Bank Robbery in Manalapan

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The Sun National Bank Branch on Route 9 between Taylors Mill Rd and Symmes Drive was robbed at about 12:45 this afternoon, according to a statement from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

An unshaven white male, described as approximately 50-60 years of age, standing approximately 5’10” tall and weighing approximately 185 lbs., wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, black knit hat and sunglasses entered the bank, said he had a bomb and demanded money from a teller.

The suspect left the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene in an unknown direction. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: September 30th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Manalapan, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Bank Robbery in Manalapan

Gramiccioni confirmed by NJ Senate as Monmouth County Prosecutor

assetContentFREEHOLD — After serving in an acting capacity for four years, Christopher Gramiccioni is officially Monmouth County’s prosecutor. Two weeks after he was subjected to a grilling by the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate on Monday confirmed his nomination to a five-year term. In the days leading up to his committee confirmation hearing on July 14,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 2nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Gramiccioni confirmed by NJ Senate as Monmouth County Prosecutor

DNA evidence clears Long Branch Man of 1992 rape conviction

Dion Harrell1Dion Harrell of Long Branch spent four years in prison for a rape he did not commit.

Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced this afternoon that a recent DNA test proved the Harrell was not the source of the biological evidence found in the 17 year old victim of the 1987 rape.  Gramiccioni sad that Harrell’s conviction will be vacated.

Harrell was convicted on March 26, 1993 and released from prison in 1997.  He turned 50 years old last week and is homeless, according the the New Jersey Sex Offenders Registry.

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Posted: July 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Gramiccioni’s nomination clears Senate committee

IMG_2506 (800x647)Christopher J. Gramiccioni will soon drop the “Acting” from his title as Monmouth County Prosecutor.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Gramiccioni’s nomination yesterday despite opposition for the state PBA who made an issue of his hiring practices.  The Senate is expected to confirm the prosecutor on August 1st.

A veteran of Chris Christie’s U.S. Attorney’s Office, Gramiccioni was the governor’s first choice to replace former prosecutor Luis Valentin. But he did not meet the constitutional residency requirements for the job and was hired as First Assistant Prosecutor in 2011.  Once the residency requirements were met, Peter Warshaw, Valentin’s replacement on an acting basis, was nominated for a Superior Court judgeship and Gramiccioni took over the top law enforcement job in Monmouth County July 1, 2012.

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Posted: July 15th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Gramiccioni’s nomination clears Senate committee

Suspended Asbury Park Police Officer, His Sister, Indicted In Insurance Fraud Scheme

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Alix Antoine, a 37 year old suspended Asbury Park Police Officer and his sister Patricia Louis, a/k/a Patricia Antoine, 43, of Clifton, were indicted by a Monmouth County Grand Jury today on charges related to their scheme that enabled the sister to receive medical benefits she was not entitled to through the Asbury Park Police Department, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Between June 1, 2009 and April 1, 2013 the siblings knowingly made false statements and tampered with public records resulting in Patricia being enrolled in Alix’s Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance policy provided by the Asbury Park PD.

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Posted: June 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »