December 5, 2016
Sussex County Prosecutor, Francis A. Koch, announces that Hopatcong Police Officer Nicholas J. Maresca, Jr. was charged with one count of Simple Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1a. The charge stems from an incident that occurred on November 17, 2016 at the Hopatcong Police Department. It is alleged that Officer Maresca struck Kevin Hemmerich in the face with an open hand. There were no serious or significant injuries to anyone involved.
The case was investigated by the Internal Affairs Unit of the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office. A court date has been set for December 28, 2016 for a first appearance. Officer Maresca will remain on administrative duty pending resolution of the charge.