Date: May 20, 2014
County Prosecutor’s Office
*News Release* Date: May 20, 2014
Basketball coach charged with molesting teen
Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced that a suspended Dunellen recreation director and ex-Middlesex County College basketball coach was arrested today on charges of improperly touching a male teenager who was a member of the coach’s travelling Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball team.
Tarver, 43, of
The charges filed against Tarver include three, second degree counts of endangering the welfare of a child and a third degree count of aggravated criminal sexual contact.
An investigation began after the victim notified authorities. Investigator Karleen Duca and Investigator Frank DiNinno, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office are assigned to the case.
Their investigation determined that the victim, now an adult, was a member of the Monmouth Power Sports Club, a travelling basketball team affiliated with the AAU. Tarver has been the coach and executive director of the team since 1995.
Members of the Jackson Township Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office arrested the defendant at his home today.
He previously was arrested on April 8, 2014 and was charged with sexually assaulting a male teenager, who also was a member of the coach’s travelling team, in Edison and in Dunellen on a number of occasions between 2010 and 2012.
In that case, he is accused of a second degree count of endangering the welfare of a child, a second degree count of sexual assault and a fourth degree count of criminal sexual contact.
was released after posting bail, but was returned today to the
Tarver began working as
the Dunellen recreation director in 2004, but since has been suspended. He also
worked as the recreation director in
In addition, he was employed
as a basketball coach at
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Duca at (732) 745-4452, or Investigator DiNinno at (732) 745-4194.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Tarver are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.