Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office

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                              *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.

 

Christopher Tarver, 43, of Jackson Township also was charged with obtaining nude text photos of the child in exchange for alcohol and marijuana and providing alcohol and marijuana on other occasions between July 2005 and 2008.

 

 

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.

 

He was released after posting bail, but was returned today to the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick after bail was set at $75,000 on the new charges.

 

Tarver began working as the Dunellen recreation director in 2004, but since has been suspended. He also worked as the recreation director in North Plainfield from February of 2008 until February of 2013.

 

In addition, he was employed as a basketball coach at Middlesex County College from October 21, 2006 to March 5, 2014 and became the college’s head basketball coach on June 24, 2010. 

 

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.

 

Christopher Tarver