2nd Morris corrections officer arrested, this one sought cash for special treatment

A Morris County corrections officer has been charged with official misconduct for giving special treatment to a jail inmate in return for money.

Lee C. Maimone, 42, of Mount Olive, was charged with second-degree official misconduct for allegedly providing “unauthorized treatment” to the inmate in return for approximately $60,000.

“The alleged charges against Officer Maimone are serious and are a breach of the public’s trust,” said Morris County Sheriff Edward V. Rochford. “He is an embarrassment to his profession.”

Maimone allegedly accepted partial payment of several thousand dollars for his unauthorized conduct, according to a press release from Attorney General Anne Milgram. What exactly Maimone provided in return for the cash was not released by the attorney general’s office and the Morris County Prosecutor’s office declined to comment on the specifics.

Maimone was charged as a result of an investigation by the State Police Official Corruption Unit, Division of Criminal Justice, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the county Sheriff’s Office.

Maimone was the second corrections officer arrested this week. Now-suspended Officer Lon Sainato, 53, of Whippany, was arrested Sunday and charged with official misconduct and sexual assault for allegedly forcing a 30-year-old man, who was court-ordered to complete 60 days on the Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program, to submit to a sex act on Feb. 22. He has been held in the Sussex County Jail since his arrest.

Maimone has also been suspended without pay from his job as a sheriff’s officer. He will be ordered to appear in court at a later date to answer the charge. Second-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison and a $150,000 fine.

County Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi said it was “a pleasure working with the Division of Criminal Justice, New Jersey State Police and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office to bring this alleged abuser of his oath of office to justice.

“Our agencies continue to aggressively investigate instances of official misconduct by government officials who abuse the trust given to them by virtue of their office,” Bianchi said.

Maimone, who has an annual salary of $48,483, has been working at the Morris County Sheriff’s Correctional Facility since April 5, 2004.

“If the allegations are proven true he should receive the strongest punishment allowable under the law,” Rochford said.

source: http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200990304010

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  2. In a nation wherein “In GOD We Trust” has become a mere creed on the money upon which it is printed, corruption and wickedness exist on both sides of the badge and the bars. Yet, are they bad men just because they made some bad choices? Do not all of us have A’s and F’s on our moral report cards? As I so stated on my blog, http://www.victoryNchrist.net we can’t fix it IF we can’t face it. I dare anyone who wants to fix their F’s to read that textbook in sex education and then to trust in GOD…and that’s my final answer!

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