Law & Justice

New Brunswick-Based Probation Officer Agrees to 3 Years for Taking Bribes

4c973784653e3a8f4f5f_best_92144323c544565519e4_prosecutor_s_office.jpg
4c973784653e3a8f4f5f_best_92144323c544565519e4_prosecutor_s_office.jpg

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A probation officer who worked with people admitted to drug court in New Brunswick pleaded guilty today to taking money in exchange for keeping a man’s name off a random drug-testing list, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Rhonda Battle, a 48-year-old Roselle resident, has agreed to serve three years in state prison with no chance of parole for the first two years. She also agreed to give up her job and never again work in New Jersey’s public sector.

Battle pleaded guilty to official misconduct for accepting bribes, including a $400 payment on Dec. 23, 2015, from an individual who was required to report to her as part of his probation, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Sign Up for E-News

Sentencing is scheduled for June 16 before state Superior Court Judge John M. Deitch in Elizabeth. He may choose to accept or reject the terms of the plea deal.

Court officials moved the case from Middlesex to Elizabeth to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

According to the prosecutor’s office, Battle excluded her client’s name from a list of people to be drug-tested, “knowing he would test positive for drug abuse.” If that individual were to fail, he would’ve been found in violation of his court-ordered probationary sentence.

Battle accept bribes throughout 2014, according to an investigation by Det. Nicholas Chiorello of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

As a probation officer, she worked with people who were admitted to the state’s drug court program at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.

That initiative offers drug users an “alternative to incarceration,” according to the prosecutor’s office. Instead, first-time offenders may receive counseling, rehab and probation.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Brunswick

The Jaffe Briefing - May 21, 2018




The Jaffe Briefing will not publish from Thursday through Monday. A great Memorial Day to all!


STATEWIDE - Should public school students be allowed to attend schools in other towns? That's the big, controversial question in a lawsuit filed against the state that looks to end what some consider to be the worst school segregation in the nation. The ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 18, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

IN COURT - Sounds like a cheesy thing to do, but the NJ Turnpike Authority has gone to court for years trying to stop a pizzeria chain whose logo is suspiciously similar to our beloved Garden State Parkway sign. Sure, nobody wants drivers searching for an on-ramp to end ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 17, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

MOUNTAINSIDE - Oh, where to begin describing this 46-page lawsuit against two Mountainside cops? A detective sergeant placing his testicles on co-workers' food. And throwing poop-smeared toilet tissue at them. And defecating in someone's boots. And taunting with a dildo dubbed "Big Blue" he liked to wave in cops' faces, as he chased ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 16, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

ATLANTIC CITY - Happy days are here again, as the state's once gasping gaming resort is expecting sports betting will rake in $150 million to $175 million a year in new, glorious profits - courtesy of your pals on the U.S. Supreme Court. Moreover, ecstatic Stockton University officials believe, this recharged gambling mecca will bring in a whole new ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 15, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

STATEWIDE - This. Changes. Everything. Legal sports betting is finally taking its rightful place in New Jersey, with the U.S. Supreme Court throwing out this dumb federal ban that has lasted for more than 25 years and has cost New Jersey billions of dollars in wasted opportunity. Places like the Atlantic City casinos and the racetracks will suddenly ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 14, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

TRENTON - If you are a 16-year-old kid, absolutely convinced you have the maturity to make a life-long commitment, now's the time to get married. That's because state officials are poised to ban child marriage, ending the horrid practice of children as young as 16 getting hitched. NJ 101.5 reports there have been 200 such marriages ...

Newark man given 22-year sentence for kidnapping, sexual asault of Rutgers student

May 18, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Newark man was sentenced Friday to 22 years in prison for the 2016 kidnapping and sexual assault of a Rutgers University student on the school campus in New Brunswick.

Michael Knight, 40, of Newark must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement today.

Superior Court Judge ...

Rutgers center battles noise pollution nationwide

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Eric Zwerling got a call this week from a man was living next to a fitness center, complaining he repeatedly heard the loud thud heavy free weights and medicine balls hit the floor.

The man was recovering from having a pace maker in his chest and wondering of the impact of the noise from the gym.

“I’ve received thousands of calls,” said Zwerling, ...

Rutgers graduation to bring heavy weekend traffic

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - RU ready for gridlock?

An estimated 45,000 people will fill High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway for Rutgers University graduation ceremonies this Sunday, bringing heavy traffic throughout much of the day.

The first ceremony at the stadium will begin at 10 a.m., followed by another at 12:30 p.m. and another later ceremony at the Rutgers ...

Police Investigate Rabbit "Tale"

May 11, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Local cops are investigating an incident of ‘theft by deception’ involving the Plainfield Animal Hospital. 

According to the incident report filed by Officer Justin Melanson and obtained by TAPinto, residents of South Plainfield took their pet rabbit to the Park Avenue animal hospital on April 4 to be euthanized due to advanced ...

OPINION

Here's How to Help Protect Young Athletes from Injury: Let Them Play Multiple Sports

May 1, 2018

Dear TAPInto New Brunswick:

One of the responsibilities that parents take most seriously is protecting their children from injury, whether it is buckling seat belts in a car or wearing a helmet while riding a bike. And when their kids become teenagers and want to participate in sports or other activities, parents do everything they can to keep their sons and daughters from getting ...

Golf & Canasta/Mah-Jongg/Board Game Classic on May 20th

May 13, 2018

         The Daniel Pearl Education Center (DPEC), an East Brunswick-based charitable organization that sponsors a wide range of community outreach programs, is hosting its fifth annual Golf Classic on Sunday, May 20 at the Cranbury Golf Club.
          In addition to the golf tournament, there will also be an ...