Awards

Each year, the NJSCOA and MAGLOCLEN recognize outstanding service and contribution to a past or present investigation in the field of sex crimes and child abuse, and awards are presented at our annual conference.

If you would like to submit a nomination for an award for any Law Enforcement, Assistant Prosecutors, FNEs, Victim/Witness and/or MDT personnel, please send an email to Detective Melissa Cullen at mcullen@bcpo.net for more information.
Our 23rd Annual Sex Crimes Information Sharing Conference, hosted by the NJSCOA and MAGLOCLEN, was scheduled to take place this week at the Seaview in Galloway Township, and the award ceremony would have taken place on the morning of Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Although the conference was canceled due to Covid-19, the NJSCOA and MAGNOCLEN both recognize that those who work in the field of sex crimes and child abuse do not stop working even in the face of a pandemic, and especially for that reason, we felt it was important to recognize excellence in this line of work.

The 23rd Annual Sex Crimes Information Sharing Conference, co-hosted by the New Jersey Sex Crimes Officers Association (NJSCOA), and the Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN), was scheduled to take place at the Seaview in Galloway Township, New Jersey, from December 2 – 4, 2020, during which an awards ceremony would have taken place. Although the conference was cancelled due to Covid-19, the NJSCOA and MAGLOCLEN recognize that those who work in the field of sex crimes and child abuse did not stop working even in the face of a pandemic, and especially for that reason, we felt it was important to continue to recognize excellence in this line of work.

This year, we received many great nominations exemplifying the amazing work that is done by our colleagues. This made the selection process for award recipients extremely difficult. These synopsis do not even begin to touch on the amount of work that went into these cases, but as all of these cases are all pending court proceedings, we are limited in what information can be provided at this time. Please keep in mind, criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.



Congratulations to the following recipients for 2020:



CAPE MAY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE & NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE
Assistant Prosecutor Bryna Batten, Cape May Prosecutor’s Office
Detective Jennifer Falciani, Cape May Prosecutor’s Office
Detective II Matthew Hanlin, New Jersey State Police

In July 2019, Assistant Prosecutor Bryna Batten, Detective Jennifer Falciani and Detective Matthew Hanlin received a referral concerning a juvenile victim who had been sexually assaulted by two males, Willis Allen Jr, and Ryan Roach, in Belleplain, New Jersey. Multiple interviews, search warrants, communication data warrants, and subpoenas were utilized which helped lead to the identification of two additional victims, as well as an additional defendants, Vincent Allen, Carol Allen and Teresa Millard. Assistant Prosecutor Bryna Batten, Detective Jennifer Falciani and Detective Matthew Hanlin showed great dedication and persistence during this yearlong investigation, which resulted in the following charges:

Carol Allen: Three counts of liability of conduct for another for Aggravated Sexual Assault, and five counts of Endangering the Welfare of a child.
Vincent Allen: Aggravated Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child
Willis Allen Jr,: Aggravated Sexual Assault, conspiring with another to commit Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Ryan Roach: Aggravated Sexual Assault, conspiracy to commit Aggravated Sexual, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Teresa Millard: Aggravated Sexual Assault, conspiracy to commit Aggravated Sexual Assault, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

For additional information, see:
http://www.cmcpros.net/2020/09/17/additional-charges-and-arrest-in-sexual-assault-case/






HUDSON COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE & NORTH BERGEN POLICE DEPARTMENT
Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Victims Unit
North Bergen Police Department, Detective Bureau


At the end of October 2019, members of the North Bergen Police Department and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office were contacted concerning a 23 year old female who had been grabbed from behind by an unknown male who threatened the female with a sharp object. He pulled her into the Grove Church Cemetery and sexually assaulted her. The North Bergen Police Department and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office worked tirelessly in order to identify the stranger rapist. Within the same month, Oscar Ramirez was identified and apprehended.
This all hands on deck investigation was a true team effort, and each and every person involved showed their dedication and perseverance. We would like to specifically recognize the following individuals who were involved with this case:

Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office - SVU
Captain Matthew Gasiorowski, Lieutenant Javier Toro, Sergeant Maria Dargan (retired), Sergeant Leslie Feinholtz, Sergeant Peter Kwon, Sergeant Polly Hans, Detective Francin Cifuentes, Detective Allison Dixon, Sergeant Adam Drew (Hudson County Jail - on loan), Detective Sean Kennedy, Detective Amanda Klarmann, Detective Michelle Lenczuk, Detective Josue Martinez, Detective Julia Medina, Detective Aida Miranda, Detective Kevin O’Reilly, Detective Christopher Pelaez (Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office), Detective Ashley Rubel, Detective Yvette Scarpa, Detective Jamie Sackerman, and Detective Lusmary Sepulveda.

Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office -CSI
Detective Maegan Larsen and Detective Risheem Whitten.

Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office -TARU
Detective Paul Grosso, Detective Richard Jubak Jr., Detective Josh Skolnick, and Detective Matthew Svorinic.

North Bergen Police Department
Captain David Dowd, Sergeant Insetta, Sergeant Roberto Maldonado, Sergeant Edgar Mendez, Sergeant Brian O’Niell, Sergeant Thomas Yfantis, Detective Hector Botello, Detective Jason Castillo, Detective Constantinos, Detective Christopher Orellana, Detective Palcido, Detective Eric Weyand, Officer Saray Durango, Officer Chris Fernandez, Officer Placido Hernandez, Officer Kayla Muniz Muniz, Officer Julio Norriega, Officer Jorge Palaguachi, Officer Johnny Sanchez, Officer Samantha Sexton, Officer G. Somarribla, and Officer Michael Whalen.

Hudson County Sheriff’s Office
Officer Vitale

Oscar Ramirez was charged with Kidnapping, Aggravated Sexual Assault while armed, Aggravated Sexual Assault during the Commission of a Crime, Armed Robbery, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact while Armed, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact during the Commission of a Crime, Terroristic Threats, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

For additional information, see:
https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/10/man-charged-in-north-bergen-cemetery-sex-assault-prosecutor.html



And last but not least, it is my honor to recognize our very own, Joanne Son, Chairman of the NJSCOA and Detective from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. Unbeknownst to her, a nomination was submitted on her behalf for her tremendous work in the following:

UNION COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE
Detective Joanne Son, Union County Prosecutor’s Office


On July 6, 2020, Union County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit received a referral from the Union Township Police Department regarding a sexual assault of an elderly woman that occurred in her residence after taking her garbage out. Her grand-daughter’s ex-boyfriend, Richard Darby, sexually assaulted the woman and then moved her to another area of her residence where the assault continued. The elderly victim while fearing for her life, tried to distract Darby before he fled the scene.

Because of Detective Son’s tireless efforts in tracking down potential witnesses, analyzing forensic data and countless hours of video surveillance, the defendant was ultimately located and arrested. As a result of Detective Son’s dedication, diligence and experienced investigative skills, Richard Darby was charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault, Burglary, Sexual Assault and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact.

For additional information, see:
https://www.tapinto.net/sections/police-and-fire/articles/bronx-man-detained-pending-trial-for-aggravated-sexual-assault-in-union

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS

2019

Morris County Prosecutor's Office
Sergeant Marshall Wang
Detective Craig May
Assistant Prosecutor Laura Magnone
Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Beaman
Victim/Witness Advocate Amanda Holloway

State vs. Aldophus Mims: On June 12, 2019, a Morris County jury found Aldophus Mims guilty of four (4) counts of 1st degree Human Trafficking, three (3) counts of 1st degree Promoting Prostitution, two (2) counts of 2nd degree Sexual Assault, one (1) count of 3rd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and two (2) counts of 3rd degree Distribution of Heroin. For more information, see: https://www.nj.com/morris/2019/09/man-gets-40-years-for-pimping-underage-girls-at-nj-hotel.html

Cape May Prosecutor's Office
Detective Danielle Mitchell
In recognition for her efforts in the investigation and prosecution of George Calverley.

2018

Bergen County Prosecutor's Office & Englewood Police Department
Assistant Prosecutor Mark Chiavola
Sergeant Linda McNulty
Detective Brad Waudby
Detective Ana Bedoya (Englewood Police Department)

Alfredo Rosales-Guerrero and Esperanza Mani-Cortez were charged with Human Trafficking, multiple counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Mani-Cortez was trafficking juvenile females from Philadelphia to Englewood, NJ to Rosales-Guerrero for money.