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Owner of Morris County karate academy sentenced for criminal sexual contact

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – The owner of Mount Olive Karate Academy dojo, located in the Flanders section of the township, has been sentenced for criminal sexual contact, according to Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.

Raymond Ziesse, 52, of Chester was sentenced on March 15 before the Hon. Stephen J. Taylor, P.J.Cr. to a two-year sentence of probation, Carroll said.

Ziesse was indicted in Dec. 2023 on charges arising from a sexual relationship between himself and his former adult student at the academy. The student was an adult with cognitive and developmental disabilities, Carroll said.

The sexual conduct is alleged to have occurred on various dates between May 2018 and August 2018 at the academy, Carroll said.

Ziesse entered a guilty plea on Feb. 9 to one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, Carroll said.

Prosecutor Carroll thanked the Mount Olive Township Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit for their efforts in the investigation and prosecution.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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