ROXBURY, NJ – A Roxbury man who works as a corrections officer in Essex County lied about doing his job on two days in March, according to authorities.
The man, Raymond Distasi, 52, faces a charge of tampering with public records, said Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II. He said the charge is a third-degree offense.
According to the prosecutor, Distasi was working the 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift on March 17 and on March 18 when he committed the crime.
Distasi “knowingly made false entries in the jail logbook indicating that he had made rounds in the jail when surveillance video evidence showed he did not make the required rounds,” according to Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Jessica Apostolou, who is handling the case.
It is alleged that Distasi’s “failure to make the required rounds came to light when there was an in-custody death investigation.”
Distasi could not be reached today for comment.
The prosecutor’s office filed a similar charge against Newark resident Quasi Cari, 30, also a corrections officer in the Essex County jail.
“The defendants had a duty to ensure the safety and security of inmates under their care,” said Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Alexander Albu, who is handling the Cary case. “Their failure to conduct required checks on inmates is inexcusable. Lying to conceal that failure is criminal conduct that will not be tolerated.”
The investigation was conducted jointly by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Bureau with the assistance of the Essex County Correctional Facility Internal Affairs Unit, according to Stephens.
He said both men are due to make first court appearances on March 11.
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