CLIFFVIEW PILOT EXCLUSIVE: Former Ramsey Police Officer Jeffrey Kimmel was back behind bars yesterday, charged with sexual assault and child endangerment while on supervised release for stealing more than $133,000 from his former department and union three years ago.
Jeffrey C. Kimmel (MUGSHOT: NJDOC)
Kimmel, 49, was re-arrested yesterday after a grand jury returned an indictment with the new charges, records show.
He was also charged with violating the terms of the state Intensive Supervision Program.
Although sentenced to six years in July 2009 in connection with the thefts, state Department of Corrections records show that Kimmel served seven months before being released into the supervisory program.
The New Jersey Intensive Supervision Program “provides a structure in which certain offenders, sentenced to state penal institutions in the traditional fashion, are afforded an opportunity to work their way back into the community under intensive supervision,” according to Harvey M. Goldstein, the NJISP manager.
The program “requires that offenders present a plan, which gives full assurance to a Screening Board and a Resentencing Panel of judges, that their return to the community will result in a positive social adjustment and will not jeopardize the public’s safety,” Goldstein wrote on the state judiciary’s web site.
Besides providing the “life plan,” participants must undergo drug testing, stick to strict curfews and meet frequently with their supervisors. They must hold full-time jobs or receive vocational training and fulfill commmunity service requirements.
“By no means is the Intensive Supervision Program a ‘slap on the wrist’,” Goldstein said. “It is, as the name implies, ‘intense.’ For that reason, this program is not suited for everyone facing a prison term, and success is not assured.”
Violators can end up back in prison serving out their original terms.
A former dispatcher and traffic officer, Kimmel had been PBA Local 155’s treasurer before his arrest. The 14-year department veteran was known for his good works, including giving children’s car seats to parents who couldn’t afford them.
Kimmel, who made a public apology and paid back more than half of the money, has three children of his own.
He was being held without bail last night in the Bergen County Jail pending a court hearing on the new charges.
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