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IMAGE 180's Amanda's Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program Participates in "Safe Homes Project"
Friday, 17 April 2015
Amanda’s Easel offers art, music and play therapy for children and families affected by Domestic Violence Hazlet, NJ - Amanda’s Easel of 180 Turning Lives Around Inc., participated in the Safe Home Project which will be on display in Trenton at... Read More...
IMAGE Investigators Continue to Probe Death of Newborn Found at Farmingdale Dump
Friday, 17 April 2015
State Police Release Composite Sketch of Baby “Emma Grace” West Trenton, N.J. – Detectives from the New Jersey State Police and Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office are hopeful a composite sketch of a full-term, newborn infant, whose remains... Read More...
Former Bergen County, New Jersey Democratic Chairman Convicted on Racketeering Charges
Friday, 17 April 2015
NEWARK, NJ—A jury today convicted Joseph A. Ferriero, the former chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO), in connection with a racketeering scheme involving fraud and soliciting and accepting bribes as a party official, U.S.... Read More...
IMAGE Red Bank Police Report - April 17, 2015
Friday, 17 April 2015
Red Bank, NJ - The following police report is provided by the Red Bank Police Department.  All subjects are presumed innocent; unless, and until, proven guilty in a court of law. April 02, 2015 – April 09, 2015 CRIMES: Theft reported on... Read More...
IMAGE NJ Gold Star Family Monument Groundbreaking Ceremony May 3
Friday, 17 April 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015, Vietnam Era Museum, 1 Memorial Lane, Holmdel, N.J., 2 p.m. PHOTO: SSG William Robert Neil, Jr. Army Special Forces. Holmdel, N.J. – On Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 2 p.m., the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Return of the Brownshirts
by Woody Zimmerman
Friday, 17 April 2015
In the 1930s, gangs of brown-shirted street thugs smashed Jewish shop-windows, terrorized voters at the polls, and generally raised hell all across... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - April 17, 2015
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 17 April 2015
The second thing should do before starting a carjacking business is learn how to drive a stick: http://bit.ly/1H2BdkM What's worse than losing your... Read More...
IMAGE Concluding the Gospel Twice
by George Hancock-Stefan
Thursday, 16 April 2015
On the classical music radio station, they had a program called False Conclusions.  The host presented a number of works that seem to end and... Read More...
IMAGE A Tire-Less Wetland in Union Beach
by Joe Reynolds
Monday, 13 April 2015
Each year, volunteers from three organizations, the Bayshore Watershed Council, the New York-New Jersey Baykeeper, and Monmouth County Clean... Read More...
IMAGE Hometown Benefits
by Daniel Murphy
Sunday, 12 April 2015
HOME TOWN BENEFITS...by Daniel Murphy Jr.   There are times when I sit back and realize how fortunate I am to have lived most of my seventy... 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.