Judge Finds Probable Cause Regarding Kelly Mollineaux’s Assault Complaint Against Township Manager Meade

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LIVINGSTON, NJ – On June 19, Judge Bridget A. Stecher found “probable cause” regarding private citizen Kelly Mollineaux’s charges that Livingston Township Manager Michele Meade assaulted her during an April 19 Swat training exercise.  The judge’s finding came after Meade and Mollineaux participated in an unsuccessful mediation session in West Caldwell that same day.  As a result of the judge’s finding, Mollineaux’s complaint will now be heard in open court.

According to Court Administrator, Sylvia Fuentes, “mediation did not work out” and Judge Bridget A. Stecher did find “probable cause” in Kelly Mollineaux’s complaint against Meade.

“Probable cause” is a legal phrase that means there is "a reasonable amount of suspicion, supported by circumstances sufficiently strong to justify a prudent and cautious person’s belief that certain facts are probably true."

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Conflicting views of what happened during the ESU training were captured by police reports obtained by

Mollineaux filed a simple assault charge against Meade on April 22 for N.J.S.A 2C:12-1A1.  In her complaint, Mollineaux alleged that Meade “did attempt to cause (or purposely knowingly caused) bodily injury” to her.

A conference was requested by Meade’s attorney, Salvatore Alfano, and has been scheduled for Meade, Seargent Hannah, and Mollineaux on Wednesday, June 26 at 9:30 a.m. 

Alfano, Meade and Mollineaux did not respond to requests to provide comment for this story. 

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Township of Livingston Refuses to Release Report on April 19 ESU Swat Training Exercise:  Is Township Violating Open Public Records Act (OPRA)?


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^ Handler, J. G. (1994). Ballentine's Law Dictionary (Legal Assistant ed.). Albany: Delmar. p. 431.

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