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Farmers’ Market Season is Drawing to a Close in Atlantic Highlands
Monday, 22 September 2014
Atlantic Highlands, NJ - Farmers’ Market is Drawing to a Close! The popular Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce Farmers’ Market that... Read More...
October 2014 Events for Adults and Teens at Middletown Library
Monday, 22 September 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The following Spotlight Events are scheduled at the Middletown Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown. Jersey City... Read More...
October 2014 Activities at Atlantic Highlands Library
Monday, 22 September 2014
OCTOBER 2014 EVENTS AT ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS LIBRARY ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The following events and activites have been scheduled for October 2014 at... Read More...
Sondheim on Sondheim at Jersey Shore Arts Center in Ocean Grove
Monday, 22 September 2014
NENAproductions presents NJ Premiere of SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM. OCEAN GROVE, NJ - NENAproductions Theater Project proudly opens their 2014-2015 theater... Read More...
AAA Proposes Bill of Rights for New Jersey’s Toll Payers
Monday, 22 September 2014
HAMILTON, NJ - As the Legislature begins to take up proposed legislation to address concerns about the Port Authority, AAA recommends a that all... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Steinbach Tackles Paranoid Schizophrenia
by Daniel J. Vance
Sunday, 21 September 2014
He began hearing voices in his head at age 15. Said Charles Steinbach, of Grand Junction, Colorado, in a telephone interview: “It started with... Read More...
IMAGE Living in the Daily Tensions
by George Hancock-Stefan
Friday, 19 September 2014
I am currently reading the book of the great prophet Jeremiah. He lived in the time when the Babylonians conquered the nation of Israel.  While... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - September 19, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 19 September 2014
Woman gets outbid on her "dream home" turns it into a nightmare as she plays pranks on the couple who outbid her.  http://abcn.ws/YRFfKS... Read More...
IMAGE The Secret of Old Age
by Anne Mikolay
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Facebook is a playground for adults. You can find pretty much anything there. While some folks share political commentary, others post inspirational... Read More...
IMAGE Romney Seems Ready for Another Run
by Dennis
Thursday, 18 September 2014
For the past several weeks, the media and the Republican Party have been abuzz with talk related to a most unexpected of topics: former Massachusetts... Read More...

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mcpo_shieldFREEHOLD, NJ - A former Wall Township school administrator is named in a three-count indictment handed up by a Monmouth County grand jury Monday charging her with official misconduct and other charges after she attempted to cover-up an alleged sexual assault at a township school, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

Sandra D. Brower, 46, of Wall Township, is charged in the three-count indictment with second degree Official Misconduct, third degree Hindering, and fourth degree Obstructing the Administration of Law for attempting to cover up the alleged sexual assault of a four-year-old special-needs student - an allegation that was not sustained following an investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Wall Township Police Department.

On May 7, 2009, Brower was notified by a school principal of an alleged sexual assault of a 4-year-old special-needs student after the student disclosed a teacher took him into a bathroom at the District’s special education school and inappropriately touched his private area.

The following morning on May 8, Brower spoke with several school district officials, including the principal, no less than four times by telephone concerning the alleged sexual assault but failed to disclose the alleged criminal activity to local law enforcement.

About 2:30 p.m. that same day, Wall Township police were nonetheless dispatched to investigate the alleged sexual assault after receiving notification from the state Division of Youth and Family Services and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.  Two detectives interviewed Brower about the alleged child sexual assault when she denied any knowledge of the incident and made false and misleading statements to the officers.

On the evening of May 8, Brower directed the school district’s information technology director to extract the e-mails of all district Central Office employees she believed had knowledge of the May 7 e-mail disclosing the details of the alleged child sexual assault.

Within weeks of Brower’s attempts to cover-up the alleged child sexual assault, a number of school district employees with knowledge of her actions were terminated, transferred or forced to resign or retire from their posts.

If convicted of Official Misconduct, Brower faces a mandatory minimum five years to a maximum of ten years in a New Jersey state prison, and a lifetime ban on holding public office. Brower faces up to five years in prison on the Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution charge, and up to 18 months in prison if convicted of Obstructing the Administration of Law. 

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

This case is being prosecuted by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.  The defendant is represented by Edward C. Bertucio, Esq. of Freehold.