N.J. State Prison corrections officer, prison employee are among 20 charged with official misconduct and bribery
A senior New Jersey State Prison corrections officer and a civilian prison employee were among 20 people indicted for official misconduct, bribery and other charges. The charges are in relation to their role in an alleged scheme to smuggle tobacco into the New Jersey State Prison.
The indictment charges Corrections Officer Eric Dawson and Keith Harris, a trade technician at the prison, with multiple charges of official misconduct. Dawson was also charged with bribery, financial facilitation of criminal activity and bringing a cellular device inside a correctional facility. It is also alleged that Dawson smuggled in cell phones, jewelry and protein powders. Eight inmates and 10 civilian defendants are also facing charges of bribery, official misconduct, financial facilitation of criminal activity and possession of a cellular device inside a correctional facility.
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Little Silver Police Officer charged with Official Misconduct
Little Silver police officer Steven Solari was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with two counts of official misconduct, and one count each of aggravated assault, tampering with a witness, obstruction of justice and hindering apprehension.
The Prosecutor’s Office began an investigation after an incident was brought to their attention by Little Silver police. On Dec. 20, Solari and another officer responded to a call at a private home in Little Silver. During the course of that call, Solari arrested and engaged in a physical struggle with a man. At headquarters, while that man had his hands cuffed behind his back, Solari allegedly struck him several times.
Several days later, Solari allegedly approached a witness to the assault and tried to convince that person to withhold the truth or lie during the course of the investigation.
The misconduct and assault charges are second-degree offenses. The hindering and tampering charges are third-degree crimes, and the obstruction charge is a fourth-degree offense.
He’ll be facing some heavy time unless his attorney can explain away his conduct one way or another (I have several ideas) as well as talking about his record which seems really good.
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