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Former Rockaway Township Police Officer Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Official Misconduct

Rockaway Township

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that Wilfredo Guzman, 45, formerly of Rockaway Township, New Jersey, was sentenced today by the Honorable Catherine M. Enright, J.S.C. to six (6) years in New Jersey State Prison.

Mr. Guzman previously pled guilty to two counts of second degree Official Misconduct, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:30-2a.

Officials say Mr. Guzman had been employed with the Rockaway Township Police Department for approximately 14 years at the time of his arrest in April 2017. On May 31, 2018, Mr. Guzman admitted to engaging in sexual acts with two separate under-age females on two different occasions while on-duty as a police officer.

Mr. Guzman must serve a minimum of five (5) years of the six (6) year term prior to being eligible for parole. In addition, he was ordered to engage in mental health counseling, pay mandatory fines and penalties and to have no contact with the victims in question.

Mr. Guzman had three (3) days jail credit. Mr. Guzman was also required to forfeit his position as a law enforcement officer and is prohibited from obtaining public employment in the future.

Prosecutor Knapp stated, “The public should, and does, expect the highest level of ethical and honorable behavior of Law Enforcement Officers.

The reprehensible actions of this defendant should not tarnish the image of the thousands of honest sworn officers in Morris County”.

He further thanked the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, particularly Sgt. Marshall Wang, Professional Standards Unit, Special Enforcement Unit, High Tech Crimes Unit, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigations Section whose efforts contributed to the investigation and resolution of the matter.

The prosecution of the case was led by Assistant Prosecutor Laura Magnone and Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Meg Rodriguez.