Prosecutor: No Criminal Charges Against Toms River Counselors Who Made Kids Sit on Hot Blacktop as Punishment


TOMS RIVER-The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Unit was notified on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, by the Toms River Police Department and the Division of Child Permanency & Protection of an allegation that a child attending Toms River Youth Services Summer Camp suffered an injury while sitting on black top.

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Specifically, it was alleged that camp counselors instructed the child to sit on black top and the child suffered burns to his hands as a result. The allegation, facts and circumstances were subsequently reviewed by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Unit.

At this time, this matter does not appear to be criminal in nature, as there was no criminal intent associated with the actions of the camp counselors. This matter has been referred back to the Division of Child Permanency & Protection’s Institutional Abuse Unit for whatever action they deem appropriate.