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Mahwah Assistant fire Chief Charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor

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July 7, 2017
the Ridgewood blog

Mahwah NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of BRIAN POTTER (DOB: 07/20/1977; Single; Department of Public Works employee) Mahwah assistant fire chief ,of 16 Island Road, Mahwah, New Jersey, on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault by Sexual Contact and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The arrest is the result of a joint investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (“BCPO”) under the direction of Chief Robert ANZILOTTI, and the Mahwah Police Department under the direction of Chief James BATELLI.

On July 4, 2017, the Mahwah Police Department and the BCPO received information that a ten-year-old victim was inappropriately touched by Brian POTTER in March 2017 in Mahwah, New Jersey.

Following subsequent investigation, Brian POTTER was arrested on Friday, July 7, 2017 in Paramus, New Jersey, and charged with violating one count of Aggravated Sexual Assault, N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2a(1), a 1st degree crime, one count of Sexual Assault by Sexual Contact, N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2b, a 2nd degree crime, and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a., a 2nd degree crime. POTTER was lodged in the Bergen County Jail pending his arraignment, and is scheduled to appear in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court for a first appearance on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 1:30p.m.

Bergen County Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would also like to thank the Mahwah Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.