MEGAN’S LAW OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR IGNORING REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT
During the week of Monday, April 18, 2016, Detective John M. Argento of the Megan’s Law Unit of the Special Investigations Bureau of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, along with assistance from Patrolman Gary Schaal of the Plumsted Township Police Department, opened an investigation into Wayne F. Estey, Jr., 47, of New Egypt for the third (3rd) degree crime of failure to register pursuant to Megan’s Law. The crime date is alleged to have occurred on or about Thursday April 21, 2016. Registrants are required by New Jersey state law to either register annually or every ninety (90) days with the police department of the municipality in which they reside and when they change addresses, employment and schooling. The investigation revealed that Estey failed to register out properly with the Plumsted Township Police Department.
On Thursday (4/21), the Honorable Wendel E. Daniels, P.J.Cr., approved the signing of the complaint against Estey for the third (3rd) degree crime of failure to register, setting bail at $25,000 no 10%, as presented by Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Ehsan F. Chowdhry.
On Friday (4/22), Estey was found in Cream Ridge and was arrested without incident by OCPO Detectives John M. Argento, Brant E. Uricks and Plumsted PD Patrolman Gary Schaal. Estey was processed and transferred to the Ocean County Justice Facility in default of the above bail. The third (3rd) degree crime of failure to register carries a maximum potential punishment of five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison with up to a $15,000 fine.
Anyone with relevant information should contact Detective John M. Argento at (732) 929-2027 Ext. 2903. The information may be given anonymously. At this time there is no information on whether the defendant has an attorney. This charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty or found guilty in a court of law.
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