MEGAN’S OFFENDER ARRESTED A SECOND TIME
During the week of Monday, June 13, 2016, Detective Juan G. Pastrana of the Megan’s Law Unit of the Special Investigations Bureau of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation into thirty (30) year old Romeo A. Worthy 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 Wednesday, June 8, 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 Worthy failed to register properly with the Toms River Township Police Department.
An arrest warrant was reviewed and approved by Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Ehsan F. Chowdhry designating the charge. Chowdhry and Pastrana presented the affidavit in support of the arrest warrant to the Honorable Wendel E. Daniels, P.J.Cr., who set bail at $40,000 no 10%.
Detective Pastrana continued the investigation into the following week and located Worthy at Winteringham Village in Toms River on Monday, June 20, 2016. He was arrested without incident with the assistance of Toms River Police Patrolman Daniel Burke, on the strength of the warrant. Worthy was processed and transferred to the Ocean County Justice Facility and faces presentment of this charge to an Ocean County Grand Jury. The criminal complaint is now turned over for prosecution by Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Ehsan F. Chowdhry. Worthy is facing the third (3rd) degree crime of failure to register.
This is Worthy’s second arrest for failing to register. In early February 2016 Detective John M. Argento of the Megan’s Law Unit of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation into Romeo A. Worthy, then age 29, for the third (3rd) degree crime of failure to register out of Toms River Township. The investigation revealed that Worthy had absconded from his registered address in Toms River, NJ. During the evening hours of Tuesday (2/9/16), Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office’s Megan’s Law Unit Detectives, with assistance from OCPO Major Crime Unit Detectives, located and arrested Worthy in Toms River Township. He was arrested without incident and charged at that time with the third (3rd) degree crime of failure to register pursuant to New Jersey Megan’s Law. In this first arrest the Honorable Wendel E. Daniels, P.J.Cr. set bail at $35,000 no 10%.
Anyone with relevant information should contact Detective Juan G. Pastrana at (732) 929 2027 extension 5794. The information may be given anonymously. 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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