Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Roundup

A weekly tab of what’s going 
on in the courts.

By Logan Beck

A family services worker was responsible for transporting and supervising court-ordered visits between a young mother and her son, according to Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino.

He allegedly used this position to have sex with the young mother in March and April 2016.

Lamont King, 39, of Trenton, N.J. is being charged with official misconduct and has been suspended without pay after an investigation by the New Jersey State Police Official Corruption Bureau South Unit and the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau.  

The son of King’s client was in CP&P custody, and had been placed in a foster home, prompting the young mother to try and regain custody. King’s role was to not only transport the mother to and from the visits at the state office, but to also write reports about the interactions that would be considered by a judge to determine if and when custody would be granted.

The client was well aware of King’s power, and was told that if she trusted him, he would ensure that the visits went well. During one of the visits, he made sexually explicit comments to the client. After the child returned to the foster home, King allegedly drove his client to a wooded area, and groped and kissed and grabbed her.

Out of fear of losing custody of her son, the client did not resist King’s advances.

After the next visit, King drove the client to a motel in Pennsylvania, and proceeded to have sex with her. Again, the client did not resist. Instead, she reported the incident to her case worker in early May.

As a result of developing an improper relationship with his client, King faces a potential sentence of five to 10 years in prison, five years of parole ineligibility, and a maximum fine of $150,000.

The expression “robbing them blind” takes on a new meaning with one New Jersey man who managed to successfully rob a bank not once, or twice...but 8 times.

Steven Wisnowski, 32, admitted to robbing 8 banks in New Jersey and New York between Oct. 30 2013 and Jan. 7 2014, according to the Department of Justice, using the same strategy each time. He robbed two PNC Banks, two TD Banks, Santander Bank, Ridgewood Savings Bank, Columbia Bank, and Fulton Bank.

Wisnowski entered each bank wearing a hat, a hoodie, and various wigs to disguise himself, often convincing the bank tellers that he was armed after demanding money.

During the robberies, Wisnowski often asked for large bills, prompting the tellers to place the money in an envelope before Wisnowski ran out.

Wisnowski’s luck ran out during the robbery in Fulton Bank in New Jersey after officials tracked his vehicle to the scene.

He will be sentenced on Oct. 11, and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

The Internet can be a dangerous place.

A minor traffic violation led to a disturbing discovery after the Pennsylvania State Police pulled over a Lehigh County man on June 9, 2012.

A 13-year-old boy was found in the passenger seat of George William Schantz’s vehicle.

After further investigation, it was discovered that Schantz met the boy online, arranging a time and place to meet up in order to engage in sexual activities. According to the Attorney General, the traffic stop prevented the sexaul acts from occurring.

As a result, Schantz is being charged with one count of kidnapping a minor, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, luring a child into a motor vehicle, as well as the corruption of minors.

Schantz will have his preliminary hearing on July 6.

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