Sussex County Prosecutor

Newton. Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the following actions in Sussex County Court during March.

| 04 Apr 2022 | 05:09

March 1

Justine Lynn, 44, of Franklin, N.J., led guilty to Theft, a crime of the third degree. Sentencing is presently scheduled for April 22 before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus. In pleading guilty, Lynn admitted within Hardyston Township, that between the dates of Jan, 30, 2018, and Jan. 30, 2019, while serving as treasurer of the organization, she unlawfully took money belonging to Wallkill Valley Junior Football and Cheerleading Inc., having a value of more than $500 but less than $75,000, and took the same for her own personal use, purposely depriving the owner thereof. Lynn was represented by Martin Morrison, Esq., and the state was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Sally Anne Monkemeier.

March 2

Chad Hines, 42, of Little Ferry, N.J., pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, a crime of the third degree. Sentencing is presently scheduled for May 9 before Judge Gaus. Hines admitted to possessing heroin on his person and in his vehicle on May 6, 2020, in Vernon Township. Hines was represented by Daniel G. Marchese, Esq., and the state was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.

March 3

Kevin O’Shea, 38, of Newton, N.J., pled guilty to Theft, a crime of the third degree. Sentencing is presently scheduled for April 22 before Judge Gaus. O’Shea admitted to taking funds from Hampton Body Works while he was employed there from January 2019 to March 2020. O’Shea was represented by Thomas F. Militano, Esq., and the state was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.

March 4

Christopher Heddy and Stephen Lafollette entered a guilty plea to an indictment before Judge Gaus on Feb. 16. Heddy, 40, of Highland Lakes, and Lafollette, 59, of Highland Lakes, pled guilty to Endangering the Welfare of a Child–Possession of Child Pornography, a crime of the first degree. Sentencing is presently scheduled for April 21 before Judge Gaus. The defendants each admitted to knowingly viewing child pornography that they had on their personal computers, each possessing over 100,000 items depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of a child. Heddy was represented by Elizabeth Smith, Esq.; Lafollette was represented by Bruce C. Farrier, Esq.; and the state was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.

March 9

Juan C. Gomez-Sarrazola, 27, of Linden, N.J., pled guilty to Eluding, a crime of the third degree, and various motor vehicle offenses. Sentencing is presently scheduled for May 13 before Judge Gaus. The defendant admitted that he continued to drive his motorcycle in Wantage Township, N.J., on April 18, 2021, despite being signaled to stop by law enforcement. Gomez-Sarrazola was represented by Edward Bilinkas, Esq., and the state was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Magdalen Czykier.

March 11

Monica Hidalgo-Beltran, 34, of Green, N.J., was sentenced to one year of probation. She was ordered to submit to a TASC evaluation and follow any and all recommendations made from same, submit a DNA sample and pay fines and fees totaling $811. Her driver’s license was ordered suspended for one year for Driving While Intoxicated. She was ordered to attend 12 hours at the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center and utilize an ignition interlock device for 18 months. She pled guilty on Jan. 12 to Assault by Auto, a fourth-degree crime. She pled guilty to Driving While Intoxicated, a motor vehicle offense, on March 10, 2022. On Jan. 16, 2016, in Stanhope, N.J., she recklessly drove a vehicle while under the influence and caused bodily injury to an individual. Hidalgo-Beltran was represented by Martin Morrison, Esq., and the state was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Donald F. Cox, Jr.

Christina Reed, 35, of Wantage, N.J., was sentenced to three years of probation. She was ordered to submit to a substance abuse evaluation and follow any and all recommendations made from same, submit a DNA sample and pay fines and fees totaling $1,205. She pled guilty on Jan. 12 to Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, a third-degree crime. The defendant was in possession of cocaine on March 14, 2020, in Wantage. Reed was represented by Bruce Farrier, Esq., and the state was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Donald F. Cox, Jr.