Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office
TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI
DATE: JULY 13, 2015
CONTACT: MAUREEN PARENTA (201) 226-5509 [OFFICE]
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Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrest of DENNIS CALONIA (DOB: 10/13/1971) of Bergenfield, New Jersey on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO and the Bergenfield Police Department under the direction of Chief Michael CARR.
On July 11, 2015, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Bergenfield Police Department arrested Mr. CALONIA after learning that he forcibly engaged in inappropriate sexual activity with a (13) thirteen year old male.
The Division of Child Protection and Permanency learned what had occurred between Mr. CALONIA and the victim, and notified the Bergenfield Police Department and the Special Victims Unit. The ensuing investigation resulted in the arrest of Mr. CALONIA.
Dennis CALONIA was charged with one (1) count each of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Bail for Mr. CALONIA was set by the Honorable Lisa Perez Friscia, J.S.C., at $250,000.00 with no ten percent option, no contact with the victim and the surrender of his passport. Mr. CALONIA was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail.
Prosecutor Molinelli states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would also like to thank the Bergenfield Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.
BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM
DEFENDANT: DENNIS CALONIA DOB: 10/13/1971
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: BERGENFIELD, NJ
MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE
OCCUPATION: ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
DATE OF ARREST: 07/11/2015
PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: BERGENFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT
AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE, SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
BERGENFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT
CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS
ONE (1) COUNT OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2A(1)-1ST DEGREE CRIME
ONE (1) COUNT OF AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONTACT IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3a-3RD DEGREE CRIME
ONE (1) COUNT OF ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4A-2ND DEGREE CRIME
ARRAIGNMENT DATE: 07/22/2015 @ 4:00 P.M.
JUDGE: HONORABLE HELENE HERBERT, J.M.C.
BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $250,000.00 NO 10% / NO CONTACT WITH THE VICTIM AND SURRENDER PASSPORT
PRESENT STATUS: REMANDED TO BERGEN COUNTY JAIL IN LIEU OF BAIL