FREEHOLD – A New Jersey State Probation Officer was arrested Monday and charged with multiple offenses including witness tampering and making terroristic threats, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Henry C. Cirignano, 48, of Adams Street in Wall Township, is charged with one count of second degree Witness Tampering, and one count of third degree Terroristic Threats. Cirignano is also charged with fourth degree Contempt of Court by violating a no witness contact provision in a Pre-Trial Release Order.
If convicted of Witness Tampering, Cirignano faces up to 10 years in a New Jersey state prison. If convicted of Terroristic Threats, Cirignano faces up to 5 years in a New Jersey state prison. He faces up to 18 months in prison on the fourth degree Contempt of Court charge.
Cirignano was previously arrested on February 4, 2019 on charges related to the sexual assault of a woman he supervised while on probation. On February 11, 2019, after a hearing and over the State’s arguments, Cirignano was released from the Ocean County Jail on conditions ordered by the Court. These new charges are the result of an investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office into conduct allegedly committed by Cirignano since his release from jail, culminating with the defendant’s arrest on Monday April 1, 2019.
Cirignano is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold Township, pending an upcoming First Appearance.
Anyone with additional information is urged to contact Detective Michael Acquaviva and Detective Jose Cruz at 1-800-533-7443.
The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fichter.
Cirignano is represented by Mitchell J. Ansell, Esq. of Ocean Township
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.
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