ROXBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A 70-year-old man who allegedly sexually assaulted two children in Roxbury Township in the 1980s was recently arrested in Tennessee, according to Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.
Richard A. Ziegler of Oneida, Tennessee has been charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, three counts of second-degree sexual assault, third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, and two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
It is alleged that between December 1, 1981 and May 31, 1987, in Roxbury Township, Ziegler engaged in multiple sexual acts with two separate victims. One victim was between the ages of 10 and 12 when the acts occurred, and the other victim was between the ages of 10 and 15. It is further alleged that at the time of the assaults, he had been living with the victims and had assumed responsibility for the care of them, Carroll said.
Ziegler was recently located in Oneida by the Tennessee Highway Patrol -Criminal Investigations Division and their investigation alleged that he had falsified documents to obtain a Driver’s License in Tennessee under an assumed identity, Carroll said.
During the investigation into Ziegler’s identity, Tennessee officials became aware of the allegations against him for sexual assault in New Jersey, and notified Roxbury Police and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. He was charged in Tennessee with Aggravated Perjury, a Class D felony, and Driver’s License Fraud, a Class A misdemeanor, Carroll said.
Extradition proceedings will be commenced in the near future in Tennessee to return Ziegler to face these criminal charges in New Jersey, Carroll said.
“I would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, the Township of Roxbury Police Department, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol – Criminal Investigations Division whose efforts contributed to the investigation and charges filed in Tennessee and New Jersey. Prosecutor Carroll expressed his appreciation for this type of law enforcement cooperation, which he cited as an outstanding model of excellent inter-agency police work to identify and arrest this individual who evaded prosecution for over three decades, Carroll said.
Anyone with information relating to these incidents or any related incident is asked to call Sergeant Anne-Marie Truppo of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6291 or Detective William Manisa of the Roxbury Police Department at 973-448-2050.