Frank Gaetano to be sentenced Oct. 12th

Posted: October 11, 2011 by vindanton in Franklin Twp.

By Vin D’Anton- Rowan University

October 6, 2011

Franklin Twp.—It was originally reported that former and longtime Franklin Township police officer Frank Gaetano was going to be sentenced on October 5, 2011 at the Gloucester County Superior Courthouse in Woodbury, NJ. We were given the wrong information. It will be held on October 12, 2011, at the same courthouse. The case is being handled by the criminal court division and the judge on duty will be Judge Walter L. Marshall. Marshall and the courthouse declined comment.

Gaetano, who was a Franklin Township police officer for 21-years, pleaded guilty on September 2, 2011 to falsifying time sheets and payroll vouchers. The amount he stole: $11,200 dollars, which he came clean about last December. He pleaded guilty to fourth degree tampering with records and could face up to five years probation, said Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Bernie Weisenfeld. Weisenfeld added that Gaetano will not be allowed to hold a public job in the state of New Jersey for the rest of his life and will have to pay a restitution of $11,202.68 to the township. However, Weisenfeld said that the decision for Gaetano’s pension would be made by the state pension officials.

It was originally reported that Gaetano would be fired, but the township decided to let him resign, which keeps his pension hopes alive. Officer in Charge of the Franklin Township Police Department Mike Rock, declined to make any comments about the facts surrounding Frank Gaetano.

“I am not surprised because of how corrupt the cops are as whole in this town, but I am surprised that it was him,” said a resident of Franklinville. “He was my D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) teacher in 5th Grade and I honestly looked up to him at the time because he was outgoing with me and the other students and seemed like he cared about us.” Gaetano was well known throughout the community as a friendly and personable man. “I hope this can set an example because our entire law enforcement needs change,” the resident added. “I do think he does deserve his pension because he served our community for a long time and kept us safe.”

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