Thursday, May 1, 2014

Former Hammonton Band Director Charged with Sexual Assault of 16 Year-Old Student

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MAYS LANDING – A Hammonton man employed as the high school marching band director has been charged with the sexual assault of a 16 year-old student, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
After a week-long investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Town of Hammonton Police Department, a warrant was issued today for the arrest of Jason Koenig, 26, of the 600 block of Wilbur Avenue, Hammonton, NJ, for charges of:
(1) Official Misconduct, a 2nd degree crime,
(2) Sexual Assault, a 2nd degree crime,
(3) Criminal Sexual Contact, a 4th degree crime, and
(4) Endangering the Welfare of Children, a 2nd degree crime.
Koenig has not yet been located and taken into custody.
The State alleges that, while employed by Hammonton High School as an Aide and Marching Band Director, Koenig committed these crimes against a 16 year-old Hammonton High School student in November and December of 2013, while he had supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim by virtue of his occupational status.

Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Mark Sandson set bail at $200,000 cash full.
A crime of the 2nd degree carries a potential sentence of 5 to 10 years imprisonment in State prison. A crime of the 4th degree carries a potential sentence of imprisonment not to exceed 18 months.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit Detective Danielle Rosiello at (609)-909-7986, or Hammonton Police Detective Peter Hagerty at (609)-561-4000, ext 231.
These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.


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