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indictment is lodged against postmaster

union county files 24 counts on pornography, assault charges

25 october 2001

long hill twp. - by vincent paterno - © recorder newspapers 2001

a 24-count indictment, including charges of child pornography distribution and attempted sexual assault, has been lodged against a former stirling postmaster and fire chief.

the union county prosecutor's office alleges that e.c., 41, of the millington section of the township, attempted to have sexual relations with a 14-year-old he met on the internet.� he is also alleged to have sent photos of underage children in sexual acts to a computer user in louisiana in the first three months of this year.

e.c. has denied the charges, which could result in a five- to 10-year state prison term if convicted on either major count.� he was suspended from the u.s. postal service and stirling volunteer fire co. after his arrest wednesday, march 14 in cranford.

there, he was planning to meet the 14-year-old at the drug fair on south avenue before his arrest by members of union county's new high tech task force with help from long hill township police.

according to the union county prosecutor's office, there were condoms found in e.c.'s 1998 toyota, along with a receipt showing they had just been purchased.� he was released on $10,000 bail the following day.

e.c. has 20 years' experience with the fire company, and was named chief in january.� he also is a 16-year veteran of the postal service.� an employee of the stirling post office refused to comment on his status.

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