Other NJ News

School Bus Driver Charged with Sex Assaults Against Students

ce567e8a3ec5e05a4c42_sompixscpobusdriveredwardatoeff.JPG
Montgomery resident Edward Atoeff, 84, has been charged with sexual assault against an 8- and 12-year-old while working as a bus driver. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Prosecutor's Office
ce567e8a3ec5e05a4c42_sompixscpobusdriveredwardatoeff.JPG

MONTGOMERY, NJ – An 84-year-old township resident has been arrested and charged with sexual assault against an 8- and 12-year-old and as many as seven other children while a bus driver going back to the 1960s, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Edward Atoeff of Cherry Valley Road was the owner and operator of Jastyke Transportation at the time of the alleged assaults, according to Robertson. 

Atoeff is charged with two counts of first degree, aggravated sexual assault and two counts of second degree, sexual assault after an investigation was initiated when the alleged victims, now adults, came forward and reported the alleged incidents to Montgomery Police.

Sign Up for E-News

Atoeff is lodged in the Somerset County Jail in Somerville, pending a detention hearing.

The two adults claim they were sexually assaulted repeatedly by the suspect when they were 8- and 12-years-old, according to Robertson, who provided the following details:

Detectives assigned to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit and the Montgomery Township Police Department’s detective bureau began an investigation and arrested the suspect at his home on Monday, March 19.

Detectives are interviewing potential witnesses and other potential victims, according to Robertson.

The prosecutor disclosed there may be as many as seven others who allegedly were sexually assaulted by Atoeff.dating back to the 1960s.

Detectives say Atoeff would encounter the majority of his victims while working as a school bus driver.

Robertson requests anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Montgomery Township Police Department at (908) 359-3222.

Information can also be transmitted via the STOPit app by downloading STOPit to your smart phone at Google Play or the Apple Store and enter the access code “SOMERSETNJ”, or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”.

All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Milltown/Spotswood

East Brunswick: Elections are Coming Up, Are You Registered as a Voter? Candidate?

April 22, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – With election season set to begin next month,  there are a number of deadlines East Brunswick voters should be aware of.

Middlesex County, State and National Primary Election:

April 21 – Mail-In ballots mailed for Primary Elections

May 15 – Voter registration deadline for Primary Elections

May 29 – Deadline to apply for Mail-In ballot ...

Somerville: Blue Mass Celebration at Immaculate Conception School Honors Police

April 22, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Immaculate Conception School hosted a “Blue Mass” Friday morning at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church to honor the men and women of law enforcement.

The mass was attended by all students and staff in the K-8th grade school, with more than 100 members of law enforcement, including Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The annual mass was also ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, April 22, 11:00 AM

Joyce Kilmer Park, New Brunswick

Mercado Esperanza

Wed, May 2, 6:00 PM

New Providence

Our Lady of Peace Country Fair

Thu, May 3, 6:00 PM

New Providence

Our Lady of Peace Country Fair

East Brunswick Third-Grader Kyle Xu Wins National Art Contest on Endangered Species

April 21, 2018




WASHINGTON, DC – The Endangered Species Coalition proudly announced the winners of the 2018 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, including the grand prize winner, Brandon Xie, a Lexington, Massachusetts fourth-grader.

The contest was an integral part of the 13th annual national Endangered Species Day, which occurs on Friday, May 18. The art ...

Travels Focus - Rogers Center Offers WNY Fans a Taste of Major League Baseball

April 22, 2018

TORONTO, ON -- The start of the Major League Baseball season means summer is drawing closer. While there are no MLB teams to follow in the Greater Olean or Buffalo areas for summer, a trip across the border to Canada leads to the Toronto Blue Jays of the American League East.

The Rogers Centre, where the Blue Jays play, is regarded as one of the unique venues of baseball.

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)

 

How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.

The Truth About My Reading

The Truth About My Reading

I didn't get my Composition and Literature teacher at Montclair State College at all. A crusty old man with a dour disposition, Mr. Smith always seemed angry and rude. He appropriately intimidated freshmen, even me, an English major, who found this common core course beneath my dignity. Frankly, as a graduate of Highland Park High School, and a survivor of Mrs.

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...