Dunellen’s suspended municipal recreation director has been indicted on charges of sexually assaulting two boys and engaging in sexually explicit conversations with two others.
Christopher Tarver, 43, of Jackson, was charged and arrested in April after one of his alleged victims, now an adult, turned him in, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said.
Dunellen quickly suspended Tarver without pay. He also worked as a basketball coach at Middlesex County College and was recreation director for North Plainfield from 2008 to 2013.
The victim who first contacted authorities was a part of the Monmouth Power Sports Club, a traveling basketball team that Tarver had coached and had been the executive director of since 1995.
Tarver was charged with sexually assaulting the player when he was 15 years in 1995 while at Tarver’s Jackson home.
Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Christie L. Bevacqua also has accused Tarver of engaging in “multiple sexual acts” with a boy at the college and the Dunellen Recreation Center between June 2010 and December 2011.
Additionally, Tarver is facing charges of exposing a minor to obscene materials andchild endangerment for allegedly sending sexually explicit texts to a 15-year-old boy in Ocean Township, as well as sending sexual texts and giving marijuana and alcohol to a basketball player who was under the age of 21 sometime between October 2012 and 2013.
A Middlesex County grand jury last week handed up indictments on 25 counts of official misconduct, sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, child endangerment and engaging in a pattern of official misconduct.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-4221 or 732-745-4452.
Staff Writer Sergio Bichao: 908-243-6615; firstname.lastname@example.org
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