order and opinion issued on June 25, 2015, Judge Mark A. Troncone denied access to the requested records.
Clinton attorney Walter M. Luers recently filed an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) lawsuit on my behalf for a county prosecutor's records regarding an investigation involving a former Atlantic County school principal who unexpectedly took a paid leave of absence on January 30, 2014 and resigned on March 31, 2014.
The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office (OCPO) has acknowledged that it had prepared a June 6, 2014 investigation report into allegations made against John Gibson. The OCPO also acknowledged that Gibson was interviewed at the Little Egg Harbor Police Department on January 27, 2014, only a few days before Gibson took his leave of absence. According to the prosecutor's December 8, 2014 letter that denied access to both the investigation report and the video of the interview, the interview regarded "Mr. Gibson's involvement with a minor."
Gibson was principal of both the Arthur Rann and Pomona schools in Galloway Township (Atlantic County) until his resignation. According to the school district's web site, Pomona School is a preschool and Arthur Rand serves grades K through 6. As of December 8, 2014, no charges had been filed against Gibson.
My lawsuit is captioned John Paff v. Ocean County Office of the Prosecutor, Docket No. OCN-L-252-15 and is on-line here.