County Prosecutor’s Office
25 Kirkpatrick Street, 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, New Jersey,
Release* Date: May 28, 2009
State prison instructor arrested
County Prosecutor Bruce
J. Kaplan and George Hayman, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of
Corrections, today announced the arrest of a state prison employee, who was
charged with having a sexual relationship with an inmate and giving him a cell
Michael Hawthorne, (DOB 5/4/64) was arrested May 27, 2009,
at his job at East Jersey State Prison in the Avenel section of Woodbridge.
Hawthorne was charged with a second degree count of sexual
assault and a second degree count of providing the cell phone to the inmate.
being held at the Middlesex
Superior Court Judge Lorraine Pullen set bail at $100,000 and said Hawthorne must post the
full amount before he can be released from custody.
preliminary investigation by members of the Department of Corrections’ Special
Investigations Division determined that Hawthorne
had a sexual relationship with the 28-year-old inmate during April and May of
who was suspended without pay following his arrest, had been employed at the
prison since November 3, 2001, as an institutional trade instructor, who taught
inmates cooking skills.
is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Hawthorne are merely accusations and he is
presumed innocent until proven guilty.