Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ocean County police dispatcher gets probation for hitting woman in head with log.


Update: The Judgment of Conviction (JOC) in my original post referenced a separate indictment numbered 13-06-1490.  The JOC made the probationary charges for both charges run concurrently.  I submitted another Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office (OCPO) to find out the nature of the charges that resulted in I-13-06-1490.  The OCPO's response is on-line here.  The new charge alleged that on February 8, 2013, O'Reilly, "in an attempt to keep [victim Shirley Mullen] from testifying in legal proceeding [called Mullen] and threaten[ed] her by stating that she will never make it to court."  Judge Blaney downgraded the original charge of Witness Tampering-Third Degree to Harassment, which is a disorderly persons offense, and sentenced O'Reilly to a two-year probationary period to run concurrently with the probationary sentence imposed for the assault charge.  He also ordered her to pay $125 in state assessments.



On June 13, 2014, Ocean County Superior Court Judge James M. Blaney sentenced a female Point Pleasant Borough (Ocean County) Police Communications Officer to two years probation for knocking another woman unconscious by hitting her in the head with a wood log.

The attack occurred on November 3, 2012 on Church Road in Point Pleasant.  The Communications Officer, Catherine R. O'Reilly of Brick, was 44 years of age at the time. The victim was identified in court filings as Shirley Mullen, also of Brick, who was 48 at the time.  Police reports and court filings are on-line here.

According to a report prepared by Point Pleasant Officer Jeffrey C. Johnson, Mullen told him that O'Reilly called her a "f***ing c**t" and then struck her in the head with a piece of wood.  According to a narrative report, Mullen was rendered unconscious and suffered a severe laceration.  She was transported to Shore Medical Center for treatment.

In addition to the term of probation, O'Reilly was also ordered to pay $125 in state assessments, reimburse the Victims of Crime Compensation Office $21,854.72 and surrender all her firearms.  O'Reilly was represented by Susan Schroeder-Clark of Clark & Clark in Freehold.