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Sussex County man sentenced to probation for contempt charge

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County man was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a contempt charge, according to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch.

John M. Zalasky, 42, of Hopatcong was sentenced before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C. in the Sussex County virtual Court room in Newton on September 9, Koch said.

Zalasky was sentenced to two years non-custodial probation and along with the standard conditions of probation he must also obtain a mental health evaluation and comply with all recommendations, submit a DNA sample, have no contact with the victim, pay $157.00 in fines and fees including $5.00 monthly probation supervision fee, Koch said.

Zalasky pled guilty on August 4 to fourth-degree contempt, Koch said.

According to Koch, Zalasky sent inappropriate letters to the victim, which included inappropriate language, violating a court order that was set forth by a Municipal Court Judge in May of 2020. The letters continued being sent to the victim despite the court’s prior orders.

Zalasky was represented by Matthew W. Young, Esq. and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Magdalen Czykier.

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