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Fired Officer Files Perjury-Related Complaints Against Belmar Officers

A fired Belmar officer has filed perjury-related complaints against the department's police chief and captain, according to Monmouth County Court records.

The reports, published Monday on the Common Sense For Belmar website, were filed by former Belmar Officer Darren Vitello and claim that Chief Thomas Palmisano "did commit official misconduct with the purpose to injure or deprive another .... specifically by giving sworn false testimony under oath."

Attempts to reach Vitello were unsuccessful Monday. A woman answered a call to a phone number listed in his name; after she was heard talking to someone, the line was disconnected.

The offense allegedly was committed on July 20, 2011 but the complaint was signed on Feb. 21. A court appearance was originally scheduled for March 5, according to records.

The other complaint from Vitello claims that Capt. Andrew Huisman "did commit official misconduct specifically by pressuring Luis Abreu to provide false statements, knowing they were not trueful [sic] and accurate with the intent to deprive another of a benefit."

It goes on to say that someone "then provided this information to the Monmouth County grand jury knowing it to be false obstructing the investigation."

That offense allegedly was committed on Feb. 24, 2009 but the complaint from Vitello wasn't signed until Feb. 21 of this year. A court appearance also was initially scheduled for March 5, according to records.

Mayor Matt Doherty referred comment to the borough's attorneys.
chris March 31, 2014 at 03:11 PM
very poor reporting as usual with the patch, i just read the complaints on the common sense for belmar. unless i am reading it wrong, the judge found probable cause for mr palmisano on perjury not official misconduct and vice vera for mr. huisman. need to check facts before sending off to press. either way, the case has been brewing for some time in belmar
Tom Davis March 31, 2014 at 03:57 PM
That's exactly what we did. Thanks for writing.
JOHN DILLMAR April 01, 2014 at 08:41 AM
Not good for the town. Sad

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