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A former Union City man who tricked young girls into posing nude and engaging in sexual acts on web cameras while he recorded them has pleaded guilty, Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced.Daniel Derringer III NJ AG's Office
A former Union City man who tricked young girls into posing nude and engaging in sexual acts on web cameras while he recorded them has pleaded guilty, Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced.
Daniel Derringer III, 28, of Lake Worth, Florida, formerly of Union City, faces up to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of manufacturing child pornography, one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of debauching the morals of a child before Superior Court Judge Sheila Venable in Hudson County.
Derringer is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 9.
Authorities said the the state will recommend that Derringer be sentenced to 12 years in prison, including six years for each of the manufacturing charges, with the sentences to run consecutively, and concurrent sentences of five and three years on the distribution and debauching charges.
He would be required to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law and will be subject to parole supervision for life.
"Derringer is a serial sexual predator who used the anonymity of the internet to sexually exploit underage girls," Porrino said in a statement. "Thanks to the courage of the victim who came forward and the excellent work of our detectives and attorneys, we uncovered more of Derringer's vile crimes and now are sending him to prison, where he can't harm any more vulnerable victims."
Derringer was caught in April 2013 after a 15-year-old Minnesota girl was tricked into exposing her breasts online and then was blackmailed into touching herself and posing naked. Derringer had threatened to post the video on the internet if the girl did not do what he demanded.
But the girl took a picture of Derringer's face on the monitor when he threatened her and she reported the incident to local police.
Derringer was eventually identified and police arrested him in Union City. When police examined Derringer's computer, they found evidence of at least four other victims between the ages of 14 and 16 in Washington State, Florida, Indiana and Ohio.
"Derringer lived a deranged and twisted existence in the dark recesses of the internet," said Colonel Patrick Callahan, acting Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. "This investigation and guilty plea places all of those who would consider such devious acts on notice that the law enforcement community, at all levels and jurisdictions, will never cease in our efforts to unmask them from their internet anonymity and bring them to justice."
Authorities urge anyone who has information about the distribution of child pornography on the Internet or who suspects improper contact by unknown persons communicating with children via the Internet or possible exploitation or sexual abuse of children to contact the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Tipline at 888-648-6007.
Didier Villagra attacked the girl in 2014
FREEHOLD -- An Asbury Park man was sentenced Friday for sexually assaulting a preteen girl, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said.
In April 2014, Didier Villagra, 37, entered the bedroom of the 11-year-old victim and sexually assaulted her. The following morning, she told her mother, who contacted authorities.
Villagra, described as a member of the girl's household, was arrested shortly afterwards and was charged with aggravated sexual assault.
Villagra, who was convicted by a jury in June, was sentenced to 20 years on the assault charge. He was also sentenced to 10 years on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child, which will be served concurrently.
Villagra must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before earning parole eligibility under the No Early Release Act.
Change this infectious culture. Survivors should feel safe. Let's teach our boys about consent and not to rape, instead of telling our girls how to prevent situations. Watch video
By Amanda Sileo
The FBI recognizes sexual assault as the second most violent crime. The first is murder.
Since the Harvey Weinstein accusations, over the past month survivors of sexual assault and harassment have been coming forward to say #MeToo.
George H.W. Bush.
More and more powerful men are being called out for their actions, but not brought to justice.
Some of the accusations against these men range from groping to assault. In our culture this breeds the ignorance, "He only grabbed her, it's not like he raped her."
The same incognizance that allowed a perpetrator to be voted into the White House. What we don't realize is that when men are allowed to get away with sexual harassment, sexual assault is not far away.
While driving home listening to Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" I couldn't help but think of all the headlines, be reminded of my past, and feel the rage bubble up inside me.
It was not one isolated instance. I was raped in the basement of a bar in college. I was sodomized in my apartment by a friend's friend.
There have been times where I was too drunk to consent. I did not say anything about these events, instead I drank and buried it. I drank until I downed a bottle of sleeping pills and followed it with a bottle of wine. I realized I had a drinking problem and sought help getting sober...look what you made me do.
That was not the end of it. Now that I was sober, it was harder to bury. The flashbacks started. I dissociated, I could barely function. The words finally had to come out of my mouth, I had to tell my loved ones what happened to me. They were hurt that I kept it in for so long.
Yet, they still were inclined to ask questions, conditioned by a pervasive rape culture. The shame that I was feeling was reinforced. I reiterated how I said no, I cried, I was over-powered, I was choked. There were still questions of why I was alone with these men, how much I drank, why I didn't fight back.
I began self-mutilating...look what you made me do.
I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a disorder I struggled with severely for almost three years. My fearless mother was basically my entire support system and I was in and out of inpatient and outpatient treatment centers. I saw a psychiatrist and therapist regularly, received ECT treatments, struggled with eating disorders, went to trauma programs, and learned DBT skills.
I felt broken. Brenda Tracy, who was gang-raped by four men, including two Oregon State football players, in 1998, said "Rape is the attempted murder of one's spirit and soul."
I felt like I had no spirit or soul left. It took a lot of hard work and willingness to get better to finally mend some of the pieces I had left. My psychiatrist says that my gaping wound is still there, it will never heal, and we just worked to put a Band-Aid over it...look what you made me do.
To all the predators out there: LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. But as the song says, "Honey I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time."
Now, let's all rise up.
Let's not let this movement be in vain and let it be historical. Let's initiate real change. Only we can implement it.
Don't be a silent bystander.
Don't accept rape jokes.
Do not defend perpetrators.
Change this infectious culture. Survivors should feel safe. Let's teach our boys about consent and not to rape, instead of constantly telling our girls how to behave and prevent situations.
This has gone on long enough, let's do something about it. I left a career working in publicity in New York City to get into nonprofit work to make this my life. I now work at the YWCA Princeton where we are on a mission. I rose up...look what you made me do.
Amanda Sileo is communications and marketing manager for YWCA Princeton.Photos by NJ Advance Media wire services
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The investigation was called 'Operation Checkmate'
It's been over three years since numerous members of the 793 set of the Bloods gang in Trenton were indicted on numerous racketeering charges, and on Friday the group's alleged leader was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Earl Burnett, 29, pleaded guilty to a first-degree racketeering charge on Oct. 16, this year. He was sentenced as part of a plea agreement and will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he's eligible for parole.
Burnett was one of 20 people indicted in April 2014.
Local and federal authorities investigated the 793 Bloods activities for three years and their alleged crimes took place between October 2008 and April 2013, officials said.
The Mercer County Prosecutors Office called the effort to bring a racketeering case, "Operation Checkmate." Burnett was the leader during the time span, authorities said announcing the indictments.
He was later found sleeping in his car in the driveway of a home in Lyndhurst
An man wearing only black high heels and a tight black t-shirt randomly barged into a Rutherford home, frightening a husband and wife who were home watching television, police said.
"No explanation was offered as to why he chose the Rutherford residence," Rutherford Police Capt. Patrick A. Feliciano said. "He does not know the Rutherford residents."
Several hours later he was found sleeping in his car while parked in the driveway of a home on Lake Avenue in Lyndhurst, still clad in only the heels and t-shirt, according to police.
Police said when they woke Christodoro he seemed out of it and didn't know how he got there. Authorities said they found a plastic bag containing ecstasy in his car.
Christodoro was issued a summons by Rutherford Police for criminal trespass and Lyndhurst gave him summonses for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, lewdness, and a motor vehicle violation for blocking a driveway.
He was transported to New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus because police believed he was under the influence of a substance, they said.
He is due in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing court on Nov. 29.
But giving control to the SPCA is not the solution.
The mission of the Associated Humane Societies, which runs the largest animal sheltering system in New Jersey, is to "provide the highest quality of care to all animals, including their rescue, housing, veterinary care, placement, and when required, a peaceful end."
It's nice to set goals, even when they part so drastically from reality.
The AHS is resolutely lousy at its job, judging by what state inspectors found at its Newark facility, so we applaud the news that longtime executive director Roseann Trezza was slammed with eight animal cruelty charges filed Wednesday by the NJ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The SPCA is doing the right thing, but it helps to remember that this is a consequence of its own indifference. It is responsible for enforcing cruelty laws, but nobody seemed to care what was happening at AHS-Newark until Monday's gut-wrenching report by Karen Yi of N.J. Advance Media, which described what the Department of Health found in the rat hole at 124 Evergreen Ave.
In August, the first of three DOH inspections found, among other things, animal carcasses stored outside the refrigeration unit, no veterinary staff, diseases spread by sick animals to healthy animals, excessive medical waste improperly disposed, animals euthanized before owners can reclaim them during the required seven-day period, dozens of feral cats jammed into death-cage conditions, and suffocating ventilation.
Eleven violations were never fixed before the DOH's subsequent visits in September and October - a three-strikes-you're-out scenario if we ever heard one. Worse, the violations match what inspectors found in Newark in 2009 and 2011.
Easy solution: The state has no choice but to put Trezza on a bus, and put this shelter in receivership until a permanent solution is found - even if it involves shuttering it and finding other shelters to take its 300 animals.
It also wouldn't hurt for Mayor Baraka to revisit Cory Booker's 2011 proposal to build a no-kill shelter in Newark.
One stipulation: Guardianship cannot be turned over to the SPCA, because "that would be the fox guarding the henhouse," says Stu Goldman, a former NJSPCA investigator, who in private practice wins many cruelty cases that the SPCA refuses to take on. "The SPCA just doesn't enforce the law."
A 62-page report last month from the Attorney General's State Commission of Investigation found the SPCA to be an organization of "gun-carrying wannabe cops," which "consistently fails to respond" to cruelty allegations. It is also known to go after shelters only when there's a profit to be made - and in this case, the non-profit AHS, which has 14 municipal contracts, reported $9 million in revenue in its last IRS filing.
Now that Trezza is facing charges, animals have a chance at better lives, but it won't happen if she is left in charge. When asked about the horrid reports the shelter has received, Trezza protested that the state's investigation was excessive and that she has a "bad history" with the veterinarian on the inspection team.
When the first club out of your bag is "they're persecuting me," it's time to reassess your priorities and career choices. Trezza's shelter has structural damage, lousy medical protocol, terrible maintenance, and chaos everywhere. Her boast that "we just had the place painted" does not earn her more time, or even a cookie. She has to go.
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The 76-year-old civil rights icon said he was diagnosed in 2015
The Rev. Jesse Jackson disclosed publicly Friday that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson's disease and plans to "dedicate" himself to physical therapy.
In a Friday letter to supporters, the 76-year-old civil rights icon said family and friends noticed a change in him about three years ago and he could no longer ignore symptoms of the chronic neurological disorder that causes movement difficulties.
"Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it," he wrote. "For me, a Parkinson's diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease's progression."
Jackson also released a Northwestern Medicine letter saying he was diagnosed in 2015 and has since sought outpatient care.
Jackson vowed to use his voice to help find a cure for the disease. He declined an interview Friday.
About 60,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Parkinson's annually, according to the Parkinson's Foundation. It can start with tremors and symptoms generally worsen over time. The exact cause isn't known and treatments include medications, surgery and physical therapy.
The disease itself isn't fatal but people can die from complications. Jackson noted Parkinson's "bested my father." Noah Lewis Robinson Sr. died in 1997 at age 88 after suffering a heart attack.
It was unclear how Jackson's diagnosis will affect his civil rights work through the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Chicago-based civil rights group he founded more than two decades ago.
A protege of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jackson was instrumental in guiding the modern civil rights movement, from issues involving voting rights to education.
Twice a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 1980s, he's remained a strong voice in numerous anti-discrimination efforts, including advocating for affordable housing. He's often seen at protests nationwide.
He said Friday in the letter that he is also working on a memoir.
"I will continue to try to instill hope in the hopeless, expand our democracy to the disenfranchised and free innocent prisoners around the world," he wrote. "I steadfastly affirm that I would rather wear out than rust out."
The Bayonne Bridge will be closed from midnight tonight until 8 a.m. tomorrow, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials said.
The Bayonne Bridge will be closed from midnight tonight until 8 a.m. tomorrow, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials said.
The bridge, which is still undergoing work for the Raise the Roadway project to raise the span from 151 feet to 215 feet, will remain open the rest of the weekend and not close again until after the Thanksgiving holiday.
There will also be lane closures at the George Washington Bridge and Holland Tunnel this weekend and/or next week for ongoing construction and repair projects.
-- One westbound lane in the tunnel will be closed during overnight hours from Sunday, Nov. 19, through Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 11:59 p.m. each night through 5:30 a.m. the following morning. The closings are needed for ongoing tunnel repairs.
-- One eastbound lane in the tunnel will be closed during overnight hours from Sunday, Nov. 19, through Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 11 p.m. each night through 5 a.m. the following morning. The closings are needed for ongoing tunnel repairs.
George Washington Bridge
-- The lower level eastbound lanes will be closed from 11:59 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, through 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. And again from 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, through 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 19.
-- Two lanes on the bridge's upper level westbound side will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, through 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. And again from 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, through 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 19.
These lane closings are part of the Port Authority's ongoing Restoring the George program, which involves major rehabilitation work at the George Washington Bridge.
For the time a woman, Jynette Hernandez, was elected class president Watch video
The New Jersey Department of Corrections (DOC) swore in 147 new officers Friday morning and for the first time a woman, Jynette Hernandez, was elected class president.
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, who has attended 19 of 21 graduations since taking office, told the trainees-turned-officers: "Your families are supporting you. Someone should say thank you for that. I'm here to do it."
Guadagno reminded them that they are now part of another family. "That's the family of those that wear the blue uniform. She encouraged them to "be loyal to each other, to listen to each other, to have each other's back."
DOC Commissioner Gary M. Lanigan administered the oath of office to the new officers, Class 241.
Class 241 represents 19 of New Jersey's 21 counties.
The class includes 11 individuals who have served in the military, as well as 32 who come from law-enforcement families and 56 members of Class 241 have a college degree.
"We really hope that people are getting the message that it is illegal for parents to serve alcohol to anyone that is under the age of 21.' Watch video
By Roberto Miranda | For the Jersey Journal
The Healthy and Drug Free Secaucus Coalition has been recognized by the Prevention Action Alliance for a public service video they produced reminding YouTubers that "Parents Who Host Lose the Most."
Coalition coordinator Dave Bratton, Police Chief Kevin Flaherty and Capt. Carlos Goyenechea worked together to produce the video that features Secaucus Police Lt. Martin Moreda and Officer Vince DeFazio relating the consequences parents face if underage alcohol and substance abuse goes on at parties in their homes, even if they're not there.
"We got over 1,500 views," Bratton said. "The video has been shared. We're very fortunate to have the support from the town that we do. The police have been instantly ready to help out and it is phenomenal. Mayor Gonnelli helped us out and we are very fortunate to have his support. We really hope that people are getting the message that it is illegal for parents to serve alcohol to anyone that is under the age of 21. We wanted to do a clear and concise and creative outreach."
Based in Ohio, the Prevention Action Alliance is a nonprofit organization founded 30 years ago that promotes the prevention of substance abuse as well as the promotion of mental health awareness. The Secaucus Coalition is currently featured on the Prevention Action Alliance newsletter, which can be found at their website, preventionactionalliance.org.
The newsletter praises the coalition's approach, in which the officers adamantly remind parents that social events such as prom and graduation are unacceptable situations to serve alcohol to minors.
In addition, the coalition worked with DeFazio and notified thousands of Secaucus residents via phone, promoting an extended version of the message seen in the video.
"You assume people know,and law enforcement is a great way to remind them that it's illegal," Bratton said.
Apart from promoting "Parents Who Host Lose the Most," the coalition also has a public service announcement that reminds residents to properly dispose of prescription medications with their "Flush Responsibly" video, which is currently running in the Kerasotes Secaucus ShowPlace 14 movie theater.
Residents are encouraged to dispose of any unwanted prescription medications at Town Hall, located at 1203 Paterson Plank Road.
For more information, visit: drugfreesecaucus.org.
A couple of lucky Hudson County lottery players may be spending a little more on holiday gifts this year.
A couple of lucky Hudson County lottery players may be spending a little more on holiday gifts this year.
A ticket -- worth $251,991 -- that matched all five numbers drawn in the Jersey Cash 5 game Monday, Nov. 13 was sold at Manhattan Liquors, 3300 Kennedy Blvd. in Jersey City. The winning numbers were 04, 09, 10, 17 and 41 and the XTRA number was 03.
The odds of picking all five numbers are 962,598 to 1. For selling the winning ticket, Manhattan Liquors will receive a bonus check for $2,000.
In Wednesday's Powerball drawing, a $50,000 tickey was sold in Hoboken at Lackawanna Liquors, One Hudson Place. The ticket matched four of the five white balls drawn. The winning numbers for the Nov. 15 drawing were: 23, 32, 44, 48 and 50. The Red Power Ball number was 25.
The Powerball jackpot rolls to $119,000,000 for the next drawing to be held Saturday, Nov. 18 at 10:59 pm.
Kaseem Stewart-Hunt, 20, of the Somerset section of Franklin Township, is facing gun and drug possession charges after being arrested hours after two men were shot on Nov. 14, 2017, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said.
SOMERVILLE - Kaseem Stewart-Hunt, 20, of the Somerset section of Franklin Township, is facing gun and drug possession charges after being arrested hours after two men were shot on Tuesday, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said Friday.Kaseem Stewart-Hunt
Robertson said detectives from the township police department and the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit are continuing to investigate the two incidents to see if they are connected.
Franklin Township Police received a 9-1-1 call at 7:48 p.m. on Tuesday reporting two township men, ages 23 and 24, had been shot in the area of Winston Drive, Robertson said.
While police were not able to find the men, township police received a call from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick about 10 minutes later reporting that two men who had been shot had just arrived in the emergency room.
The victims said a man wearing a dark colored ski mask and jacket approached the men while they were in a parked vehicle on Winston Drive, according to the prosecutor's office. After a brief conversation, the man shot at the car, striking both victims.
Township police at 11:21 p.m. received a call reporting that two men were behind the Pine Grove School waving a gun around, the prosecutor's office stated. The pair ran as police arrived, but two handguns were found by police.
Officers located Stewart-Hunt, as well as the second man, Yulem Robles, 24, of New Brunswick, who was found inside Stewart-Hunt's home, the prosecutor's office stated. Robles was held on an outstanding municipal warrant.
Police seized approximately 47 grams of heroin and 400 grams of marijuana during a search of Stewart-Hunt's home, the prosecutor's office reported.
Stewart-Hunt was charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun without a permit and intent to distribute narcotics. He was charged with third-degree possession with intent to distribute narcotics and intent to distribute narcotics in a school zone, the prosecutor's office stated.
He was also charged with fourth-degree possession of a defaced firearm, possession of hollow point bullets and obstruction of the administration of law, the prosecutor's office stated.
He was held in the Somerset County Jail without bail pending a detention hearing.
Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Franklin Township Chief of Police Lawrence Roberts are asking anyone with information regarding the shooting to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100, the Franklin Township Police Department at 732-873-5533 or via the STOPit app.
The app can be accessed by downloading STOPit to your smart phone at Google Play or the Apple Store and entering the access code SOMERSETNJ.
All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.
The incident occurred shortly after 1 a.m.
A 70-year-old Deptford man was killed in a three-vehicle accident in Pennsauken on Friday, police said.
Rocco Lombardo died in the wreck on Route 130 N. near an intersection with Route 38 reported at 1:03 a.m.
"Speed was definitely a factor," said township police Sgt. Chris Sulzbach. "We're not ruling out a medical emergency and we're still waiting on toxicology."
One person was treated and released from Cooper University Hospital in Camden afterward.
Lombardo's 2017 Honda Accord plowed into the rear of two cars stopped at a traffic light, Sulzbach said.
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