Sex Assault on College Student by New Jersey State Troopers Probed

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The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office is looking into allegations that one or more members of the New Jersey State Police took part in a sexual assault of a college student late last week, officials said today.

The prosecutor's office confirmed today it is conducting an investigation into an alleged sexual assault that took place in the early hours Friday.

The alleged sexual assault took place at a residence in Ewing Township, Mercer County, authorities said. The victim is a 25-year-old female student who alleges she was assaulted by several men, including one or more members of the State Police, the prosecutor's office said. No charges have been filed.

Law enforcement sources identified the woman as a Rider University student, and said she first met up with the men at a Trenton bar.

Capt. Al Della Fave of the State Police said, "Once the State Police was made aware of the allegations, aggressive steps were taken to ensure full and complete cooperation with the investigation. The superintendent has directed all appropriate resources to support the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office."

Davy Jones, executive director of the State Troopers Fraternal Association, said he expects the troopers will be assigned different duties as the investigation continues, but he had not been officially notified about any specific troopers who may have been involved. Jones said the troopers were off duty, so the union would not get involved if and when their work assignments are changed.

David Wald, a spokesman for the state Attorney General's Office, said any trooper officially accused in the allegation "will be suspended with pay."

Wald declined to say if any troopers had indeed been suspended, and declined to elaborate on the allegations.
 

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Did Davy Jones do that interview from his locker? Arrrrgggg! Wocka wocka.
 

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7 troopers suspended amid sexual assault claim

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The State Police placed seven troopers on paid suspension yesterday as authorities investigate claims by a 25-year-old Rider University student that one or more of the men sexually assaulted her late last week.

State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes authorized the suspensions pending the outcome of a probe by the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office, said Capt. Albert Della Fave, a State Police spokesman. No charges have been filed, and the names of the suspended troopers were not released.

Six of the troopers were suspended early in the day yesterday. The seventh was placed on suspension last night, Della Fave said. He provided no explanation for the additional suspension or its timing.

The prosecutor's office has provided few details about the incident, saying only that the woman contends she was assaulted in the early morning hours Friday at a home in Ewing Township. Several men, including one or more of the off-duty state troopers, took part in the attack, she told investigators.

Two law enforcement officials familiar with the allegations said the woman met the troopers Thursday night at KatManDu, a nightclub and bar on the Trenton waterfront, and accompanied them to the Ewing residence.

The officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the case.

Hours later, the woman sought treatment at a local hospital, which contacted police on her behalf.

Assistant Prosecutor Angelo Onofri, a spokesman for Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph Bocchini, said yesterday the office's entire sexual assault unit was at work on the case.

"The matter is being aggressively and thoroughly investigated," Onofri said. "There are senior investigators assigned to the case. And the prosecutor has made it clear that whatever resources are needed, they will be available." He said the fact that state troopers have been accused will have no bearing on the probe.

David Jones, president of the State Troopers Fraternal Association, said in a statement the union takes the allegations seriously and that officials have "implored those concerned to cooperate fully."

We emphasize that this matter does not directly relate to our members' duties, nor are there any representations of this touching on the colors of anyone's office," the statement said. "We pray for a speedy resolution of this matter for the sake of all concerned."

In a brief interview, Jones called it highly unusual for the troopers to be suspended with pay, saying suspensions are typically unpaid.

"I personally know of no other circumstances where that happened," he said.

Asked about the allegations yesterday, Gov. Jon Corzine said he was hesitant to comment because of the ongoing investigation.

"I think, like everyone, if the allegations were true, you'd be deeply disturbed," he said.

KatManDu, the club where the woman met the troopers, is a popular gathering spot for area college students. Thursday nights are designated "School Dayz" events, with $1 bottles of beer and free entry for women carrying college ID.

The club's marketing director, Joe Surdo, declined to comment yesterday.

On Rider's Lawrenceville campus yesterday, many students were unaware of the alleged attack, saying they had been preparing for final exams.

"Obviously, if it's true, it's horrible," said student Mike Yellen, 25, of Hightstown. "But no charges have been filed, so who knows how it's going to turn out?"

Graduate student Mary Buchanan, 22, of Lambertville, said the most troubling part of the woman's account is the alleged law enforcement involvement.

"It's scary," Buchanan said, "if it's true."
 

Chino Kapone

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Wow, thats fucked up. Why would anyone want to accuse 7 officers of sexual assault if it didnt really happen? I guess she could have blown each one and then regreted it.

No.1 question on everyones mind. Was she black?
 

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that's fucked up,,,,,they are screwed. Looks legit= she wen't right to the hospital and hasn't talked to the media like those looking for a cash reward for being sexually assaulted.
 

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5 troopers accused in attack are veterans
Sergeants, detectives tied to alleged assault
Thursday, December 13, 2007

At least five of the seven troopers suspended while officials investigate their possible role in an alleged sexual assault of a college student are veteran officers with positions of authority in the State Police, according to law enforcement officials.

Three of the seven are sergeants and two are detectives, while the other two are troopers, including one who is an academy instructor, according to officials who spoke on the condition they not be identified because of the sensitive nature of the investigation.

The officials said not all of the seven troopers are believed to have participated in the alleged assault, but were at the home where it took place, which belongs to one of the seven. The officers were suspended with pay on Tuesday.

Information about the troopers began to surface yesterday as the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office investigated claims by a 25-year-old Rider University student that one or more of the men sexually assaulted her last week.

"The investigation is still continuing," said Assistant Prosecutor Angelo Onofri, a spokesman for the office. "There's nothing new that we can say."

The troopers range in age from 30 to 40. Three live in Mercer County and the others in various parts of northern and central New Jersey. Three of them graduated in the same class at the State Police Academy in Sea Girt.

The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office has provided few details about the incident, saying only the woman contends she was assaulted in the early morning hours last Friday.

Several men, including one or more of the off-duty state troopers, took part in the attack, she told investigators. Onofri, of the prosecutor's office, declined yesterday to say how the woman identified the men involved or whether any of the suspended troopers have been interviewed.

Law enforcement officials said the woman met the troopers at KatManDu, a nightclub and bar on the Trenton riverfront that is a popular gathering spot for area college students. Thursday nights are designated "School Dayz" events, with $1 bottles of beer and free entry for women carrying college ID.

The woman said she later accompanied them to the Ewing residence of one of the troopers, according to the officials. Hours later, the woman sought treatment at a local hospital, which contacted police on her behalf.

The attack comes as instructors, acting at the behest of State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes, have been warning troopers during in-service training sessions in the last few months that anyone involved in alcohol-related incidents while off duty would be dealt with swiftly and severely.

"The superintendent wanted to remind individuals that they need to be careful while drinking in an off-duty setting," said Capt. Albert Della Fave, a State Police spokesman. "With the holidays coming upon us, he felt it was important to remind them to avoid situations with alcohol and that it's even more important for us as law enforcement. We have to be examples."
 

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Police are ****** young college coeds. The problem? It could be right next door to you. We'll tell you at 11.
 

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Ok, she doesn't deserve to be assaulted, but who in their right mind leaves a bar with SEVEN men? I can only assume that she's either really naive or knew them prior to that night. I want more details, DAMNIT!
 

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Some would say she's a "goer" I guess. Ugh...

When I was in college, a girl left a party with four dudes. She "accomodated" all of them that evening... Ended up hooking up with one of them, they ended up getting married. He basically stopped hanging out with his 3 friends once things got serious.
 

Chino Kapone

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Some would say she's a "goer" I guess. Ugh...

When I was in college, a girl left a party with four dudes. She "accomodated" all of them that evening... Ended up hooking up with one of them, they ended up getting married. He basically stopped hanging out with his 3 friends once things got serious.
Holy shit! She must have licked his asshole clean.

Can't turn a ho into a housewife.
 

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It was brutal... Once this became common knowledge,, this guy got brutalized in the dorms.

Every day someone would put a picture of a train on the door to his room, or appropriate photos from a porno magazine (one chick with multiple guys, etc). He stuck it out though, like I said, ended up marrying the chick.
 

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I mean really....

Ok, she doesn't deserve to be assaulted, but who in their right mind leaves a bar with SEVEN men? I can only assume that she's either really naive or knew them prior to that night. I want more details, DAMNIT!
Who leaves a bar with SEVEN strangers? I am placing a bet she was dating on some level one of the guys and he talked her into being a sport for the evening with his pals and she felt bad the next day. I am trying to imagine seven Troopers all of which have some time vested in their careers are just hanging around and they all go ape shit at the same time ***ing this chick. I could see one of them seeing some "t" or "a" and going bananas but all of them??
 

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Accused troopers go on offensive
Attorney: Alleged sex assault didn't happen
Saturday, December 15, 2007

A defense attorney speaking for seven state troopers who have been suspended while authorities investigate an alleged sexual assault on a college student said yesterday he is confident no criminal or department charges will be filed against them.

"To a man, all of the individuals are stunned that there is an allegation that there was some activities that were non-consensual that evening," the attorney, Charles Sciarra, said during a news conference at his Clifton office. "We're confident that at the end of the day, these guys will be exonerated and will move on with their careers."

The attorney's comments came as Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini and State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes met briefly yesterday about the prosecutor's investigation into claims by a 25-year-old Rider University student that one or more of the men sexually assaulted her last week at a house in Ewing Township.

The two, both guest speakers at an Operation CeaseFire event in Trenton, met before the event in a room in Trenton's City Hall. Fuentes declined to comment on the meeting.

"I told him we were working on it hard ... and aggressively," Bocchini said afterwards, stressing that Fuentes did not inquire about details of the criminal investigation. "He didn't want to know."

The woman contends she was assaulted in the early morning hours of Dec. 7, after having met the troopers earlier that night at KatManDu, a nightclub and bar on the Trenton riverfront.

The woman told authorities she and a friend went to the Ewing residence of one of the troopers, where she was sexually assaulted, officials have said. Hours later the woman sought treatment at a local hospital, which contacted police on her behalf.

Police later executed a search warrant at the trooper's home, Sciarra said. Once the other troopers learned of the search, they immediately notified their superior officers that they were in the home on the night in question, as they are required to do under State Police regulations, Sciarra said.

The State Police suspended the troopers with pay on Tuesday. One of them is a sergeant and two are detectives. The other four are troopers, including one who is an academy instructor, according to officials who spoke on the condition they not be identified because of the sensitive nature of the investigation.

Sciarra insisted the night consisted only of "adults engaged in consensual adult activities" after "some socializing" at KatManDu. He declined to provide further details of what occurred at the trooper's home because the investigation is ongoing.

"There was nothing remotely related to a sexual assault or any kind of non-consensual activities," he said. "It simply did not happen."

Sciarra said a lack of immediate charges by the prosecutor's office bodes well for the troopers.

"They could have arrested individuals already, they could have charged individuals instantaneously," Sciarra said. "They haven't done that. I think that goes to that particular office and their due diligence. I think that also goes to what I anticipate is a degree of suspicion as it relates to the suggestion that there was some non-consensual activities that evening."

Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri had no response to Sciarra's comments and said only the investigation is continuing.
 

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Trooper sex assault case is prosecutor's 'nightmare'
Bocchini tackles yet another high-profile criminal matter
Thursday, December 20, 2007

The prosecutor investigating allegations that New Jersey state troopers sexually assaulted a university student says it is a complicated case, it could take weeks to complete and he has no inkling how it will turn out.

But he's sure of one thing. He wishes the alleged sex assault had taken place somewhere else.

"I told Bob Bernardi -- you know, the Burlington County prosecutor -- that I wished the guy lived in Bordentown," Joseph Bocchini said of the trooper's home where the incident reportedly occurred. "If I saw Bruce Kaplan, the Middlesex prosecutor, I'd say that I wished the guy lived in North Brunswick."

Bocchini said nothing about this case is going to be easy.

"It's a nightmare," he said during an interview in his Trenton office. "The puzzle is complex. Any prosecutor who would look for this type of case, I think, has a psychological problem."

For three decades, Bocchini was a supporting player in New Jersey politics, an assemblyman, municipal judge and two-time candidate for county executive. Now as the Mercer County prosecutor, "Joe Bo" as he is called by friends, will ultimately decide whether to proceed with criminal charges stemming from an incident that has already led to the suspension of seven state troopers and drawn national attention.

With eight months left to his five-year term, the quotable and colorful 63-year-old prosecutor is blunt in his assessment of the case in which a 25-year-old Rider University student alleged she was assaulted by one or more troopers after she and a friend accompanied seven of them to a trooper's home in Ewing Township.

The woman said the assault took place after a night of socializing at a riverfront nightclub in the shadow of the Statehouse. The troopers have denied the accusations.

"Oh, this would be great for television," Bocchini said. "But in real life, you're dealing with issues of law that need to be proven and we have this investigation that's still going forward. And we don't know where it's going to go."

Bocchini and his staff have said little about the investigation. Prosecutors have not determined whether they believe a crime was committed, much less whether one could be proved in court.

What's known is the woman went to a Mercer County hospital on Dec. 7, complaining she had been sexually assaulted early that morning. Ewing police responded, took a report and forwarded the case to Bocchini's office.

In short order, seven troopers including two detectives, one sergeant and another who teaches recruits at the academy were suspended with pay.

As challenging as life was in politics, Bocchini's tour as prosecutor has been anything but boring.

In the last two years, the prosecutor has publicly feuded with Trenton Police Director Joseph Santiago over police policies. And Bocchini has overseen investigations into the mysterious death of College of New Jersey student John Fiocco Jr., and the alcohol-related death of Rider University student Gary DeVercelly Jr.

Attorney Charles Sciarra, acting as spokesman for all the accused troopers, said any sexual acts that occurred were consensual.

Sciarra said he thinks the prosecutor is "doing all the due diligence that is required."

Bocchini, for his part, would allow only that this is a "textbook" example of a nettlesome case, with multiple accounts, the presence of alcohol, the lack of tapes or pictures that could verify statements, and the fact that medical evidence could, in the end, be no help in determining anything other than adults may have had sex.

The prosecutor said it will take a long time to unravel the evidence.

"I don't see anything happening with this case, of a definitive manner -- meaning we have a feeling of which way we're going -- until well after the first of the year," Bocchini said.

Bocchini also dismissed any comparisons between this case and the now-infamous Duke University **** prosecution in which three students were falsely accused of assaulting a woman at a March 2006 party. State investigators later determined the accuser's story was a lie and the prosecutor, Mike Nifong, was ultimately disbarred after North Carolina's attorney general criticized him for a "tragic rush to accuse."

"Mike Nifong is everything you don't want to be," Bocchini said. "By this time (in the Duke case), Mike Nifong had already had six press conferences and said 10 different things."

From his legal and investigative staff of 94, Bocchini said he has assigned 10 or 11 people to work on the probe. Even with that kind of attention, he said it would take several more weeks to piece together evidence and statements in order to decide whether to proceed to a grand jury or decline to prosecute.

Bocchini said he has no illusions.

"At the end of the day," he said, "some people are going to say 'he was right' and other people are going to say we were wrong. And let's say for the sake of discussion, there were to be an indictment and go to trial and everybody gets acquitted. Then, you're no good because you never should have indicted them. Or they blew the case and they should have been convicted. Or one goes down and another goes down. Who knows? There are a multitude of scenarios that, if you want to play make believe, these things could occur."

"But, you know what, that's our job," Bocchini said. "You don't get the luxury of saying 'Oh, hey this is good! We're going to win this case. We're going to look great.'"

Over the course of 30 years in the bloodsport of Garden State politics, Bocchini has won and lost and he knows how narrow the gulf can be between those two.

Long renowned as a raconteur with a quick joke, Bocchini, a Democrat, gave up a near-guaranteed election to a fourth term in the state Assembly to run for Mercer executive in 1987. He lost a close and bitter race to incumbent Bill Mathesius ("Bill and I have managed to bury our hatchets -- not in each other's backs.")

A native of the Chambersburg section of Trenton, Bocchini lost a second run for county executive in 1991 and also was unsuccessful in a bid for appointment to the state Superior Court.

After recovering from a quadruple bypass in 2001, Bocchini said he refocused his sights on what he really wanted to do, culminating in his 2003 appointment as prosecutor. The job came with a fairly unimpressive office in the same ancient county courthouse where he once was a law clerk.

"I didn't anticipate having this much public attention," said Bocchini, as he rattled off the cases that have given him more than a fair share of close-ups.

Among that group, the one that stung the most was the August indictment of two Rider administrators in the wake of the drinking death of DeVercelly.

"I wish it hadn't happened," Bocchini said, though he stressed he remains proud of the decisions he made -- first to announce the indictments and then to get them dismissed.

Bocchini said he didn't want to blame the grand jury completely, but said the members "had their own mind" when they handed up an indictment against Rider's dean of students and the director of fraternity and sorority activities. Amid a chorus of criticism, Bocchini and his staff reviewed the evidence and the prosecutor ultimately sent lawyers back into court to get the charges against the school officials dismissed.

In the end, he said, "justice was served," and even defense lawyers praised the decision.

Bocchini said he would like to be reappointed but would "just play some more golf" if he's not.