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Couple Arrested After Child Abuse Investigation

February 9, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Christopher Leusner of the Middle Township Police Department announce the arrest of 26-year-old Bradford Artis and 38-year-old Shannon Artis, both residents of Middle Township, New Jersey.

On February 6, 2021, Bradford Artis and Shannon Artis were each charged with two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the second degree, two counts of Aggravated Assault, a crime of the third degree, and one count of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the third degree. The charges were a result of an investigation conducted by the Middle Township Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit involving the abuse of two juvenile victims. Bradford Artis and Shannon Artis were processed on the above listed charges and are currently being lodged at the Cape May County Correctional Center.

Prosecutor Sutherland advises persons convicted of a second-degree crime are subject to a term of imprisonment of 5 to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison. Persons convicted of a third-degree crime are subject to a term of imprisonment of 3 to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison. Prosecutor Sutherland advises this is an on-going investigation and urges anyone who has additional information relating to this investigation to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135, or the Middle Township Police Department at 609-465-8700, or report it anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriffs Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers, 609-889-3597.

*Any charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty.

Cyber Harassment Investigation and Arrest

February 9, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland along with Chief William Priole of the Lower Township Police Department announce the arrest of (27) year old John Abadie from Cape May, New Jersey on multiple counts of Cyber Harassment, a Crime of the Fourth Degree*.

This arrest is a result of a joint investigation conducted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lower Township Police Department after multiple victims came forward and stated that they were a victim of a cybercrime as altered pictures of them were posted on a website, without their permission. Consequently, several investigative measures led authorities to the arrest of Abadie. Continue reading

The History of Law Enforcement in the Black Community (Use of Force Revisited) with Dr. Theodore Darden

February 9, 2021

Dr. Theodore Darden has been a professor of Justice Studies since 2006 at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. He served as chair of the department from 2009-2013. Previous to coming to working in academia, he was a law enforcement professional for 17 years where he obtained the rank of patrol sergeant. During his time in policing, Darden was instrumental in bringing community policing to the fore-front in the State of Wisconsin. His success in lowering crime rates, building community trust and partnerships, and addressing homeless-ness gained him statewide recognition when he was named the law enforcement officer of the year by the Attorney General’s Office in the State of Wisconsin. He went on to establish the Wisconsin Association of Community Oriented Police (WACOP) in 1996 and served as its first president. From 1997-2001 he was a member of the Board of Directors for the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota. At the request of the Wisconsin Attorney General’s office, Dr. Darden joined the Wisconsin Department of Justice Law Enforcement Training and Standards Bureau. While there, his role was to develop curriculum, provide consultation, and assist in overseeing police training in the state’s 17 police academies. Dr. Darden was also a key member of the Attorney General’s Safe Schools Task Force.

Dr. Darden holds an associate’s degree in police science from Black-hawk Technical College, a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Upper Iowa University, a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, a master’s degree in higher education from Kaplan University (Purdue University Global), and a PhD in leadership studies with a criminal justice emphasis from University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY. Additionally, he has holds more than two dozen professional certifications in homeland security and law enforcement.

Dr. Darden has worked with many criminal justice experts, agencies, and communities across the globe including the late Herman Goldstein whom he considered a mentor. He has provided lectures, presentations, and training exercises in numerous areas including: community policing, racially- biased policing, problem-oriented policing, multiculturalism and justice, organizational behavior and leadership, procedural justice and police legitimacy, ethics, and global justice.

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Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Implores Residents to Seek Help for Domestic Violence

January 13, 2021

January 10, 2021 (Cape May Court House, NJ) – The recent and unfortunate murder suicide of a couple living in Cape May County last week has sparked the Community Outreach Unit of the Prosecutor’s Office to reach out to people who may be suffering from Domestic Violence.

Domestic violence includes behaviors that physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish or force them to behave in ways they do not want. It includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation. With COVID-19, existing problems in relationships can be amplified in incidents of Domestic Violence. If you are a victim of any of the above (or know someone who is) – we urge you to contact your local police department or contact the organizations listed below.

If you are feeling distress or having problems functioning in social, work or family activities, and are having thoughts of harming yourself or others, we urge you to talk with a supportive friend and/or seek the help of a professional. If you know someone that fits any of the above categories – direct them to the appropriate resources. Remember, you are not alone! Following is a list of organizations you can contact for help:

New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women 1670 Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road Trenton, NJ 08690 (609) 584-8107 www.njcb.org
New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline 1-1800-572-SAFE (1-800-572-7233) 24 hours a day – 7 days a week
Coalition Against Rape and Abuse (CARA) 609-522-6489 (24-hour hotline) www.njcasa.org
ACENDA Integrated Health 844-4-ACENDA (844-422-2632) ext. 9500 www.acendahealth.org
Cape May County Superior Court – Family Division/Domestic Violence Unit 609-402-0100 ext. 47710

For more information visit our website at www.cmcpros.net/domestic-violence-resources.

County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey Statement on Capitol Attacks

January 7, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ – Yesterday we witnessed an unprecedented and malicious attack on a pillar of our nation’s democracy – the certification of a free and fair election as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution. The mob of rioters was a sickening display of everything America is not – this was not patriotism, but rather terrorism. After seeing the response in Washington, D.C. to the BLM protests this past summer, the lack of preparation for the well-publicized event that was supposed to be a protest, but clearly with the tension and division in this country predictably would lead to violence, at a minimum raises the question – Are all Americans and their beliefs equally protected by the law? As Prosecutors it is our sworn duty to make sure everyone is treated equally under the law and call out when it is not the case. Continue reading

Additional Information in Ongoing Death Investigation

January 6, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief William Priole of the Lower Township Police Department announce additional information regarding the two deaths that occurred on Cardinal Avenue in the Villas section of Lower Township.

According to Prosecutor Sutherland, on January 5, 2020, the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office conducted autopsies and positively identified the two individuals as Kristin Ryan, 39 years old and Rick Ryan, 45 years old, both of 34 Cardinal Avenue, Villas, NJ. Continue reading

Ongoing Death Investigation

January 4, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief William Priole of the Lower Township Police Department announce an ongoing death investigation on Cardinal Avenue in the Villas section of Lower Township.

On the morning of January 4, 2021, the Lower Township Police Department responded to a residence on Cardinal Avenue to check the well being of the occupants. Upon arrival officers found two deceased individuals. Detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lower Township Police Department immediately responded and are still currently conducting an investigation. Continue reading

Man Arrested for Attempted Murder

December 3, 2020

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Middle Township Police Chief Chris Leusner announce the arrest of Emanuel Rodriquez, 40 years old of the Burleigh section of Middle Township, for Attempted Murder charges.

On December 2, 2020, members of the Middle Township Police Department were dispatched to the Cape Regional Medical Center for the report of a subject with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. As a result, members of the Middle Township Police Street Crimes Unit and Major Crimes Unit as well as members of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Crime Scene Unit responded and initiated an investigation into this incident. Continue reading

2 People Arrested for Distribution of Narcotics

November 23, 2020

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner and Cape May County Sheriff Robert Nolan, announce the arrest of Branden Manyak, age 27 and Niki Kelley, age 29, both residents of the Rio Grande section of Middle Township, for distribution of Methamphetamine.

These arrests were the result of an investigation targeting the narcotics distribution activities of Manyak throughout Cape May County. This cooperative investigation was initiated by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force, and was assisted by the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office, the Middle Township Police Street Crimes Unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) resident Atlantic City Office. Continue reading

Man Arrested with Several Sexual Assault Charges and Endangering the Welfare of a Child

November 2, 2020

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Christopher Leusner of the Middle Township Police Department announce the arrest of 28-year-old Christopher Eggermont, a resident of Middle Township, New Jersey.

On October 28, 2020, Eggermont was charged with one count (1) of Aggravated Sexual Assault, a crime of the first-degree, one (1) count of Sexual Assault, a crime of the second-degree, three (3) counts of Criminal Sexual Contact, a crime of the fourth-degree, and one (1) count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the second-degree. * Continue reading