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Relay For Life makes presentation to Mountain Lakes Mayor and Council

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The Mayor and Council members with Karen DeChristopher

MOUNTAIN LAKES — Karen DeChristopher from American Cancer Society Relay For Life made a presentation at the Monday, April 22 Mountain Lakes Township Council meeting.

The 2019 American Cancer Society Relay for Life will take place on Saturday, May 18, at the Parsippany Hills High School, 20 Rita Drive, from 4:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.  Registration will begin at 3:00 p.m.

This year’s event is being dedicated to Sean Ries, Hannah Cerullo, and Emma Wyman.  All three of these superheroes have battled a form of pediatric cancer and are our inspirations for this year’s Relay For Life event!  A portion of proceeds from this year’s event is being directly fed into pediatric cancer research.

Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers are encouraged to join the celebration. As the survivors walk, other participants touched by cancer in some way, will cheer them on in a demonstration of support and celebration. All survivors and their caregiver are invited to attend a very special dinner given in their honor at 5:30 p.m.

The Relay For Life is a community event where teams and individuals come together to honor, celebrate, and raise funds and awareness in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer. There are three points to every Relay for Life Event, Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back. The celebration portion includes a special dinner for any cancer Survivor and their Caregiver. The remembrance portion includes a moving Luminaria Ceremony in which friends and loved-ones lost to cancer are remembered.  The entire event is a way of fighting back against cancer by raising the much needed funds.  93% of the money raised will help the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and fund continuous cancer research that will help protect future generations from all types of cancer.

We invite everyone to attend this Relay For Life event, the theme for this year’s Relay will be “Superheroes”  There will be inspiring speakers that have been touched by cancer, special music, themed laps, a Frozen T-shirt contest, face-painting for children, games and other fun activities, entertainment throughout the course of the event, as well as food, beverages, goodies and so much more.

By supporting Relay For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps us move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Thanks to our sponsors: Garden State Elite Volleyball Club, Western Pest Services, South Street Yoga & Nutrition and Parsippany Applebee’s.

If you are a cancer survivor, caregiver or have been touch by cancer in some way and would like to be part of the Relay For Life event click here, please visit  or call Cori Mastropolo at Cori.Mastropolo@cancer.org or call (973) 285-8043.

Vinci Academy Preschool and Infant Child Care Center Opens Doors

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MOUNTAIN LAKES — On Saturday, April 27, the brand-new Vinci Academy preschool and infant childcare center will open its doors to the public to celebrate Arbor Day.

The academy is located at 333 Route 46 in space formerly occupied by Bright Horizons.

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and admission is FREE. Families can register online by clicking here.

The schedule of activities includes the following:

• 10:30 a.m. – Magic with Tommy Knucklehead
• 11:00 a.m. – Stressbusters for Parents by Shawn Welty from Inner-Wellth
• 11:30 a.m. – Children’s Yoga Class led by Stacy Stampone of Internal Gratitude
• 12:30 p.m. – World Class Martial Arts of Route 53, Denville Mini-Class & Demo
• 2:00 p.m. – Music Together with Merry Musicians
• 2:30 p.m. – DANCE, SHINE & RHYME® by Dance with Dalia
• 3:00 p.m. – SHIM-ME® & SHIM-ME FOR BIRTH® by Dance with Dalia
• 3:30 p.m. – Story time with USBorne

In addition, Artistic Kreations of Denville will be providing art activities throughout the day and every child will have the opportunity to plant his or her own tree in the Academy’s STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) lab.

The Vinci Academy serves children ages 6 weeks to 5 years and offers both full-time and part-time infant care, toddler, pre-school and Kindergarten classes.  Vinci Schools are also in Shanghai, Alexandria, Virginia and Ottawa. The Academy of Mountain Lakes also offers summer camps and enrichment classes.

Located at the former Bright Horizons location, the Vinci School is pleased to introduce its new owner Alisha Cole who has more than 15 years of experience running successful schools in Union and Sussex Counties. She is joined by Director Sandy Bajaj who has nine years of preschool experience and was most recently a Montessori and preschool teacher.

“We are so excited to open the Vinci Academy to local families here in Morris County. The Vinci Schools utilize a very hands-on, individualized curriculum and the latest thinking in age-appropriate STEM programs and other engaging activities that start with infants and continue through all pre-school ages. The Academy has a track record of contributing to the development of happy, confident and capable children who go on to succeed in their next educational experience.” Alisha Cole, Owner of Vinci Academy Mountain Lakes.

Vinci was founded by Dr. Dan Yang who holds a Ph D in Physics and more than 20 U.S. and Canadian patents in technology, software and educational tools. The curriculum for The Vinci Academy in Mountain Lakes is a blended approach based on child-centered Montessori and Reggio Emilia programs as well as the New Jersey core curriculum.

Call (973) 541-4700 or email nj@vinciacademy.com to learn more or schedule a tour.

Emerson Smith Named to Head of School Scholar Honors List

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Pomfret School

MADISON —  Emerson Smith from the Class of 2020 was named to the Winter 2018-2019 Head of School Scholar Honors list at Pomfret School. To achieve this level of distinction, Emerson earned a grade point average of at least 4.00 and received no grade lower than an A-.

Founded in 1894, Pomfret School is an independent college preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9 through 12. They also offer a postgraduate year. Set on 500 acres in the celebrated Last Green Valley of Northeastern Connecticut, our mission is to cultivate a healthy interdependence of mind, body, and spirit in our students. They offer eight academic disciplines, more than 100 elective courses, 25 athletic options, and numerous opportunities to participate in community outreach and service programs.

Michael Ramsthaler Inducted into Physical Education Honor Society at Scranton

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Michael Ramsthaler

FLORHAM PARK — Michael Ramsthaler of Florham Park was among the 39 University of Scranton students inducted into Phi Epsilon Kappa, the national honor society in physical education. For induction into the honor society, Exercise Science majors in their junior year should have achieved an overall minimum grade point average of 3.3, and a 3.5 average in exercise science courses. The honor society was founded in 1913.

Ramsthaler is a senior majoring in exercise science at the Jesuit University. He is a graduate of Seton Hall Prep.

University of Scranton is a Catholic and Jesuit institution of nearly 4,000 undergraduates and more than 1,500 graduate students, The University of Scranton delivers a meaningful education that challenges its students morally, spiritually and intellectually.

Our 58-acre campus offers the best of both worlds—the city and the mountains. We are in the heart of the city of Scranton, in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Northeast, just two hours from New York City and Philadelphia. In recent years, we have invested more than $245 million in campus improvements, including new residence halls, a science center and the state-of-the-art Leahy Hall, which houses our physical therapy, occupational therapy and exercise science departments.

This University is more than a respected institution; it’s also a caring, nurturing community whose graduates are known for their devotion to the welfare of other human beings and by their special commitment to the pursuit of social justice.

Paranormal Evenings Comes to Fosterfields

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MORRIS COUNTY — On Saturday, May 4, from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., experience the phenomenon known as ‘ghost hunting,’ led by Island Paranormal Society at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township.

Join a spooky and fascinating investigation of the 1854 Gothic Revival, The Willows, which was once home to the elite Foster family. Learn about the different methods and equipment used during an investigation, and discover the groups’ findings.

The Island Paranormal Society is comprised of passionate researchers with over 20 years of paranormal experience who are dedicated to seeking the truth of the other side. Using scientific and skeptical methods, the team attempts to contact, confront, and communicate with paranormal entities.

Admission is $4500 per person, and pre registration is required. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. To register click here.

For more information, please e-mail agizzi@morrisparks.net. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road in Morris Township. For directions click here.

The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey. It currently protects and maintains 20,197 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy!

Meet Paul, a 12-year-old Miniature Poodle! 

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MORRIS COUNTY — This senior is spunky, playful, and is happiest playing with toys and bones. He also LOVES being pet and is very affectionate, so much so that if you stop petting him, he will bark and wiggle until you start again!Paul is potty-trained and not destructive when left alone. He does prefer when his person is home more often than not–he wants a companion all day. Paul is good with cats, dogs, and children 10+. He was also just given a clean bill of health by our vet!If you’re looking for a happy, adorable little guy, apply to adopt Paul today!

If you are interested in adopting, please fill out an application by clicking here.

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Auto Transport Company Offers Scholarship Entry to Area Students

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MORRIS COUNTY — A-1 Auto Transport, Inc., one of the nation’s largest car shipping companies with offices in New Jersey has announced they are offering their scholarship to local area students. The scholarship for $250, $500 and $1000 is open to students who are enrolled in an accredited college, high school, truck driving school or other logistics program either full or part time and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. There is no minimum age to enter for the scholarship.

The scholarship will be sent directly to the financial office of the student’s school.

To Enter students need to write an essay/article based on a topic shown on the company website by clicking here. Essays must be at least 1000 words and are required to be 100% original and not found published anywhere else online. All essays/articles entered will be published on the company website and attributed to the student.

The company is looking for original thoughts and ideas for topics including:

  • Car shipping services
  • Freight shipping
  • Motorcycle shipping
  • Boat shipping
  • Moving overseas
  • Long distance moving
  • Door to door transport

More ideas for topics can be found on the scholarship page of the A-1 Auto Transport website by clicking here.

Deadline for Entry is March 10, 2020 and all following years. For example March 10, 2021 will be the deadline for 2021.

Essays will be voted on by the public once they are published to the website and the Scholarship Committee will determine a winner based on the number of votes. The winner will be announced on the website and notified by email by the end of March 2020.

Jared Hill named Mayo Performing Arts Music Student of the Month

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Ongshu Dutta, Jared Hill, Neil Katta, Dominick Tucci. Not pictured: Julia Landi

MOUNTAIN LAKES — Jared Hill, Grade 9, from Mountain Lakes High School was honored as Mayo Performing Arts Center’s April Music Students of the Month, prior to the Friday, April 19 performance by The Romeros.

There were also students from Parsippany, Randolph and Morristown honored.

The students were recognized for their achievements on stage prior to the concert and had the opportunity to meet the performers.

Students were nominated by their teachers and were chosen by the Theatre’s Education Department based on their commitment to and excellence in the performing arts. The Theatre will honor a group of students every month throughout the season and invites area teachers to nominate students for this honor. Students will be invited to perform at a year-end recital in June.

The 2018-2019 Music Student of the Month program is supported by The Walter F. and Alice Gorham Foundation, Inc.

Music Students of the Month are:
Jared Hill: Grade 9, Mountain Lakes High School; Mountain Lakes; Nominated by Tom Matt Jardim Jared Hill has been involved in the guitar program since 4th grade.  He has demonstrated an insatiable curiosity for learning the guitar in all its styles and techniques.  As a student at the Wildwood Elementary School, he learned classical guitar technique and a good note reading foundation.  At the Briarcliff Middle School, Jared continued his playing by being involved in our after school guitar club.  As a freshman at Mountain Lakes High School, he is now enrolled in the guitar class elective and is clearly the most well-rounded and advanced player. He also volunteers to help the middle school guitar ensemble in an accompaniment role. The fact that Jared is the first person to be ready to play and the last person to leave demonstrates his love for the instrument and shows his desire to take maximum advantage of what my guitar program has to offer.

Ongshu Dutta
Grade 8, Randolph Middle School; Randolph; Nominated by Tom Davidson
Ongshu grew up surrounded by the arts, and he was inspired to begin to study music because of his family members knowing how to play a myriad of instruments.  At age six, Ongshu started learning to play the piano.  He was later inspired to study the guitar after listing to the song, “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd.  So at the age nine, alongside the piano, he began to study the guitar.  Ongshu also performed in the talent show in 5th grade at Fernbrook Elementary School.  In 6th grade, he was able to perform his dream song, “Wish You Were Here” and “Love Potion Number 9” by The Searchers at Saint Francis Residential Living in Denville.  He also enjoys playing music by The Eagles and Ed Sheeran.  Although Ongshu’s loves performing pop and rock music, he believes that the best part of his music career thus far was being accepted into the Randolph Middle School Jazz Ensemble in 6th grade because it gave him the chance to perform in a band and have fun with friends who had similar music interests.  Being involved in the jazz ensemble has taught him many things that he could have not learned by himself.

Julia Landi
Grade 12, Morristown High School; Morristown; Nominated by David Gallagher
I have had the pleasure of working with Julia over the past 3 years.  She has been a member of the marching band for 2 years playing guitar in the front ensemble and playing a crucial role in our jazz themed show.  Julia is also a member of the Spectrum Jazz Band, the top jazz band at the high school that competes in festivals throughout the school year.  Julia has been playing in the pit orchestras for the high school musical since her sophomore year as well.  That year she even pulled double duty volunteering to play for the middle school production of Shrek as well.  Other musicals have included Legally Blonde and The Addams Family, which have some truly unique and complicated guitar parts and Julia handled them like a rockstar, playing as if she was a professional in the pit.

Neil Katta
Grade 6, Brooklawn Middle School; Parsippany; Nominated by Joseph Stella

Neil is a talented musician in the 6th grade band at Brooklawn Middle School. During concert band he plays the alto saxophone, but in jazz band he is the guitarist. This is Neil’s first year in middle school and although he is relatively new to jazz, he is quickly showing off his guitar skills by navigating chords and melodies with ease.  Aside from his musical talent, Neil is also a very mature, polite and respectful student.

Dominick Tucci
Grade 12, Randolph High School; Randolph; Nominated by Michael Lichtenfeld
During his time at Randolph High School, Dominick consistently demonstrates a strong work ethic and a dedication to success.  His efforts have produced high quality results time and time again.  Dominick demonstrates great integrity, enthusiasm, and energy as a student.  He works diligently in his music courses to prepare himself for collegiate level classes and ensembles. His work is consistently through and punctual and he is also helpful with classmates. Dominick is a fine role model for other students and his philosophy of putting others first will serve him well as he begins the next step on what I’m sure will be a very successful journey. Many of his fellow students seek his advice and support and Dominick is always there for them.  Dominick is also a very skilled guitar player and has successfully auditioned into and performed many concerts with our jazz program here at Randolph High School.

Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2018-2019 season is made possible, in part, by a grant the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the F.M. Kirby Foundation and numerous corporations, foundations and individuals. The Mayo Performing Arts Center has been designated a Major Presenting Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Mayo Performing Arts Center was named 2016 Outstanding Historic Theatre by the League of Historic American Theatres, and is ranked in the top 50 mid-sized performing arts centers by Pollstar Magazine.

Driving While Intoxicated arrest on Route 10

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HANOVER — Hanover Township Police Officer Ed Sanchez arrested Mr. Eiad Musleh, 45, Grand Island NY, for DWI, on Sunday, April 14, 2019.

Officer Sanchez was dispatched to the area of Route 10 for a vehicle driving on its rims. Officer Sanchez was able to locate the vehicle parked in a parking lot off of Route 10.

The vehicle had several flat tires and the airbags were deployed.

Officer Sanchez made contact with the driver and after having him perform field sobriety tests, Mr. Musleh was arrested and transported to Hanover Township Police Headquarters for processing.

He was issued motor vehicle summonses for DWI, Refusal, Reckless, Careless, Traffic on a marked lane, Tire equipment, Unsafe vehicle, Leaving the scene of an accident, Failure to report an accident and Improper entering/leaving a highway.

He was then released to a family member pending his court date.

Editor’s Note: An arrest or the signing of a criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

AG Grewal Announces Arrests of 16 Men in “Operation Home Alone” 

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MORRIS COUNTY — Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced arrests of 16 alleged child predators in “Operation Home Alone,” a multi-agency undercover operation targeting men who allegedly were using social media in an attempt to lure underage girls and boys for sexual activity. The defendants will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

The underage “children” were, in fact, undercover officers. Most of the defendants were arrested when they arrived at a residence where they allegedly expected to find their victim home alone. Instead, they found law enforcement officers prepared to arrest them and process any evidence seized. Those arrested include a Ridgewood police officer, a high school teacher, drivers for two rideshare companies, a minister, a finance lead for an internet service provider, a bank branch office manager, a barbershop owner, a dental hygienist, two takeout food deliverymen, and others.

The operation was led by the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ), Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, and New Jersey Regional Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, which is led by the New Jersey State Police. The ICAC Task Force includes DCJ, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the FBI, all 21 County Prosecutors’ Offices, and many other state, county and local law enforcement agencies. The additional participating agencies are listed below. Attorney General Grewal made the announcement at the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office with Acting Prosecutor Calo, DCJ Director Veronica Allende, Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police, Special Agent-in-Charge Gregory Ehrie of the FBI Newark Field Office, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Richard Reinhold of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations in Newark, and leaders and representatives of the other participating agencies.

“The 16 men we arrested allegedly used social media to stalk victims they believed were vulnerable children who could be sexually exploited. Fortunately, their victims were really undercover officers prepared to put them in handcuffs,” said Attorney General Grewal. “Parents need to know that the profiles of underage girls and boys we posted on social media to catch these offenders could easily have been profiles of their own children, who might also be targeted by predators on chat apps and popular gaming sites. Our message to parents with Operation Home Alone is be on guard. Our message to child predators is law enforcement is working overtime to find you and arrest you.”

“Operation Home Alone is a great example of our collaborative efforts to guard children from the ever-present danger of online predators,” said Director Veronica Allende of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We will continue to partner with the State Police, the County Prosecutors, the ICAC Task Force, HSI, the FBI, and law enforcement at all levels to apprehend these sex offenders who exploit the anonymity of social media to prey on those who are most vulnerable.”

“While it is a primary function of law enforcement to protect all of our residents, the focus of this particular initiative was the protection of our most vulnerable – our innocent children,” said Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo.

“As law enforcement, we would like nothing more than to be there for every innocent child, awaiting these predators when they arrive,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police. “Unfortunately that is not the case, so we need parents and guardians to remain vigilant and keep the lines of communication open with your children. Familiarize yourselves with the social media sites and gaming platforms that they are using to help protect them from those who would seek to victimize them. Although we cannot be outside every doorstep, this investigation should send a clear message that we will use all means at our disposal to keep our children safe.”

“This is once again a great example of how interagency cooperation has resulted in removing dangerous individuals from the community,” said Brian Michael, Special Agent in Charge, HSI Newark. “The horrendous activities of these individuals, which could have been carried out on actual children if not for the efforts of law enforcement to pursue and arrest them, show clearly that such predators are being monitored on a continuous basis.”

“One of the unfortunate consequences of the internet is the potential opportunities created for the depraved members of our society to prey on vulnerable victims,” said Special Agent-in-Charge Gregory W. Ehrie. “The exploitation of children requires swift and intense law enforcement action, such as what was executed during Operation Home Alone and, before that, Operation Open House. We at the FBI are always prepared to assist our local, state and federal law enforcement partners. Predators should heed this warning: we will continue these targeted efforts and you may be the next arrest we make.”

The arrests in Operation Home Alone were made over a five-day period from April 11 through April 15. Seven defendants travelled to the undercover house from locations in New York State, and one traveled from Philadelphia. The defendants are variously charged with second-degree luring, second-degree attempted sexual assault on a minor, and third-degree attempted debauching the morals of a child. Two men face third-degree charges of attempted showing obscene material to a minor for allegedly sending photographs of their genitals to undercover detectives. Two men are charged with having child pornography on their electronic devices, including one who allegedly had more than 13,000 files of suspected child pornography on his phone and a second who was already facing sentencing on a prior child pornography charge filed by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

The undercover law enforcement members who conducted the chats with the defendants were specially trained members of the ICAC Task Force. The defendants typically initiated contact based on profiles posted on social media platforms by the undercover detectives and agents. The social platforms that were used in these encounters included Kik, Skout, Grindr, Tinder, MeetMe, and Adam4Adam. Once chatting began, the undercover officers clearly identified themselves as underage girls or boys. Despite that information, the defendants allegedly engaged the purported “children” in conversations about sex and made arrangements to meet the “children” for sex.

“Parents need to be aware of their children’s activities on the internet, and if children appear anxious or evasive when this topic is raised, it may be a red flag,” said Attorney General Grewal. “It is critical that parents talk to their children about social media and chat apps to let them know that the people they encounter may not be who they initially seem to be.”

In past cases, the ICAC Task Force has made arrests of alleged child predators who used the following chat apps: Kik, Skout, Grindr, Whisper, Omegle, Tinder, Chat Avenue, Chat Roulette, Wishbone, Live.ly, Musical.ly, Paltalk, Yubo, Hot or Not, Down, and Tumblr. Arrests also have been made involving the gaming apps Fortnite, Minecraft, and Discord. Attorney General Grewal urged parents to familiarize themselves with these apps and warn their children about sharing information with strangers.

The defendant who is a police officer, Peter Tuchol Jr., was placed under arrest on April 15 at the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office—Paramus. Thirteen other defendants were arrested at the undercover residence in Bergen County. One defendant was arrested at a shopping mall, and the remaining defendant was arrested at his own residence. Those who went to the undercover residence allegedly expected to find their victims home alone. Instead, they were arrested upon arrival, sometimes by teams that included the very officer who portrayed the child they targeted for sex.

The undercover residence was staffed with dozens of law enforcement officers and evidence technicians. Attorneys were stationed at the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. Electronic devices that were seized from the defendants were previewed at the scene by evidence technicians when defendants gave consent. Attorneys and detectives drafted search warrants for other seized digital devices. All of the devices were taken to the forensic computer laboratory at the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office for full forensic examinations. Those examinations, which are ongoing, will enable investigators to determine if the devices contain evidence of any prior encounters by the defendants with underage victims, which might constitute additional cases of luring, sexual assault or child endangerment.

The defendants were lodged in the Bergen County Jail until detention hearings were held during the past week. One defendant, Michael Mancini, was ordered detained in jail pending trial. The other defendants were released subject to stringent pre-trial monitoring conditions, including at a minimum reporting regularly to Pre-Trial Services staff and prohibitions from using the internet except for work or having any unsupervised contact with children under 18.

The following sixteen men were arrested in “Operation Home Alone.” They allegedly believed they were communicating with a minor as described in parentheses. The defendants are charged as indicated. The cases will be prosecuted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (BCPO) or Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) as indicated.

Peter Tuchol Jr., 28, of Waldwick (Girl, 15) Tuchol has been suspended from his position as a police officer with the Ridgewood Police Department. Charges: Luring (2nd degree), Attempted Sexual Assault on a Minor (2nd degree), Attempted Debauching Morals of a Child (3rd degree), Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (anabolic steroids) (3rd degree), Possession of a Prescription Legend Drug (4th degree), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (hypodermic needles) (4th degree). BCPO is prosecuting.

Kevin Roth, 26, Nanuet, N.Y. (Boy, 14) Roth is a teacher at the High School of Computers and Technology in Bronx, N.Y. Charges: Luring (2nd degree), Attempted Sexual Assault on a Minor (2nd degree). BCPO is prosecuting.

Dariush Ghamarnezhad, 37, of Pomona, N.Y. (Girl, 14) Ghamarnezhad is a dental hygienist. Charges: Luring (2nd degree), Attempted Sexual Assault on a Minor (2nd degree). DCJ is prosecuting.

Joel Guichardo, 38, of Passaic (Girl, 14) Guichardo is a barbershop owner. Charges: Luring (2nd degree), Attempted Sexual Assault on a Minor (2nd degree), Attempted Debauching Morals of a Child (3rd degree). BCPO is prosecuting.

Larry Noel Jr., 43, of Stanhope (Boy, 14) Noel is a warehouse worker. Charges: Luring (2nd degree), Attempted Sexual Assault on a Minor (2nd degree), Attempted Debauching Morals of a Child (3rd degree). DCJ is prosecuting.

Shaheen Lariff, 49, of New City, N.Y. (Boy, 15) Lariff is a bank branch office manager. Charges: Luring (2nd degree), Attempted Sexual Assault on a Minor (2nd degree). DCJ is prosecuting.

Rajan Lama, 33, Woodside, N.Y. (Girl, 14) Lama is a driver for a rideshare company. Charges: Luring (2nd degree), Attempted Criminal Sexual Contact (2nd & 4th degree), Attempted Debauching Morals of a Child (3rd degree). BCPO is prosecuting.

Luis Gonzalez Palacio, 36, of Weehawkin (Boy, 14) Gonzalez Palacio is a finance lead for a major internet service provider. Palacio allegedly had more than 13,000 suspected files of child pornography on his phone when he was arrested. Charges: Luring (2nd degree), Attempted Sexual Assault on a Minor (2nd degree), Possession of Child Pornography (3rd degree). DCJ is prosecuting.

Roger Arroyo, 37, of Philadelphia, Pa. (Girl, 14) Arroyo is a traveling minister. Charges: Luring (2nd degree), Attempted Debauching Morals of a Child (3rd degree), Attempted Criminal Sexual Contact (4th degree). BCPO is prosecuting.

Yosef Kriger, 31, of New City, N.Y. (Girl, 14) Kriger is a pharmaceuticals delivery driver. Charges: Luring (2nd degree), Attempted Sexual Assault on a Minor (2nd degree), Attempted Debauching Morals of a Child (3rd degree). BCPO is prosecuting.

Michael Mancini, 36, of Hawthorne (Girl, 14) Mancini is a supermarket employee and DJ. Charges: Luring (2nd degree), Attempted Sexual Assault on a Minor (2nd degree), Attempted Debauching Morals of a Child (3rd degree). DCJ is prosecuting.

Teodoro Alvarez Ortega, 28, of Suffern, N.Y. (Boy, 14) Avarez Ortega is a restaurant server. Charges: Luring (2nd degree), Attempted Sexual Assault on a Minor (2nd degree), Attempted Debauching Morals of a Child (3rd degree), Attempted Showing Obscene Material to a Minor (3rd degree). DCJ is prosecuting.

Jacob Smith, 26, of New Rochelle, N.Y. (Girl, 14) Smith is a takeout food delivery driver. Charges: Luring (2nd degree), Attempted Sexual Assault on a Minor (2nd degree), Attempted Debauching Morals of a Child (3rd degree), Attempted Showing Obscene Material to a Minor (3rd degree). DCJ is prosecuting.

Jose Martinez, 47, of Fairview (Boy, 14) Martinez is a takeout food delivery driver. Charges: Luring (2nd degree), Attempted Sexual Assault on a Minor (2nd degree), Attempted Debauching Morals of a Child (3rd degree). BCPO is prosecuting
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Jason Keizer, 33, of Garfield (Girl, 14) Keizer is unemployed. Charges: Attempted Debauching Morals of a Child (3rd degree), Possession of Child Pornography (3rd degree). Keizer is currently awaiting sentencing on a prior child pornography charge filed by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. BCPO is prosecuting.

Hareshkum Tailor, 55, Garfield (Girl, 14) Tailor is a driver for a rideshare company. Charges: Luring (2nd degree), Attempted Sexual Assault on a Minor (2nd degree). DCJ is prosecuting.

Second-degree charges carry a sentence of five to ten years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000, while third-degree charges carry a sentence of three of five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. Fourth-degree charges carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

The charges against the defendants in Operation Home Alone are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Because they are indictable offenses, they will be presented to a grand jury for potential indictment.

Attorney General Grewal commended all of the individuals and agencies who conducted Operation Home Alone. He thanked the members of the DCJ Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau who led and coordinated Operation Home Alone for the Division of Criminal Justice, including Bureau Chief Julia Glass, Deputy Bureau Chief Jillian Carpenter, Deputy Attorneys General Lilianne Daniel, Alyssa Bloom and Supriya Prasad, and Executive Assistant Francine Venceller.

Attorney General Grewal thanked all of the members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office who worked on Operation Home Alone, under the leadership of Acting Prosecutor Calo, Senior Assistant Prosecutor Brian Sinclair, Lieutenant Jeff Angermeyer, Detective Sergeant Dave Agar, and Detective Sergeant Diane Armbruster.

He further commended all of the members of the New Jersey Regional ICAC Task Force who worked on Operation Home Alone, under the leadership of ICAC Commander Lt. John Pizzuro of the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (ICAC Unit). He also thanked the members of the New Jersey State Police ICAC Unit and the New Jersey State Police Polygraph Unit.

Attorney General Grewal thanked the following federal, state, county and municipal agencies that assisted in Operation Home Alone, including numerous members of the ICAC Task Force:

Upper Saddle River Police Department
Ramsey Police Department
Saddle River Police Department
Bergen County Regional SWAT Team
Bergen County Sheriff’s Office K-9 and Patrol

ICAC Task Force Members:
U.S. Homeland Security Investigations
FBI Innocent Images Squad
New Jersey State Parole Board
Bayonne Police Department
Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office
Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office
Camden County Prosecutor’s Office
Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office
Essex County Prosecutor’s Office
Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office
Hazlet Township Police Department
Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office
Keyport Police Department
Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office
Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office
Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office
Morris County Prosecutor’s Office
Ocean Township Police Department
Passaic County Sheriff’s Department
Red Bank Police Department
Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office
Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office
Union County Prosecutor’s Office
Voorhees Township Police Department
Warren County Prosecutor’s Office

Editor’s Note: An arrest or the signing of a criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.