NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Christopher Tarvers, 43, of Jackson Township was arrested for a second time today for “improperly touching” a member of his traveling youth basketball team, according to Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.
The prosecutor’s press release indicates that the new charges are for a second boy, now an adult, who played on the Monmouth Power Sports Club, an AAU basketball team Tarvers ran from 1995 until recently.
Tarvers, who previously served as the director of North Plainfield’s Parks and Recreation Commission from 2008 until February 2013, was arrested on similar charges related to a different boy on April 8.
Today, Tarvers was charged with providing marijuana and alcohol to the boy in exchange for nude text photos and providing marijuana and alcohol on a number of occasions between July 2005 and 2008. The charges in April were for endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact between 2010 and 2012.
Both alleged victims, according to the prosecutor’s office release, were players on the AAU team.
If true, it means Tarvers was engaging in sexual assault on a minor during the entire time he was employed in North Plainfield.
At the same time he Middlesex County Prosecutor Office spokesman Jim O’Neill confirmed that this is a second individual accusing Tarvers, but that he was not able to comment on whether his office's investigation includes North Plainfield and Somerset County.
North Plainfield Chief of Police William Parenti said in April that his department is not aware of any allegations or incidents in North Plainfield.
Tarvers was free on bail from the initial charges when he was arrested today in his home by Jackson Township Police Officers and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. He is currently being held in the Middlesex County jail in North Brunswick. Bail for the new charges was set at $75,000.
was employed in North Plainfield, Tarver was also the recreation director in Dunellen since 2004 and was the basketball coach for Middlesex County College until March 2014.
The Middlesex Prosecutor’s office is continuing its investigation, and asks anyone with information about this or related crimes to call Investigator Karleen Duca at (732) 745-4452, or Investigator Frank DiNinno at (732) 745-4194 to provide information.