Bunny-suited prankster, Hopatcong cop who slapped him share courtroom

SPARTA — A Hopatcong police officer and the bunny-suited prankster he slapped last fall shared the same courtroom without incident Thursday.

Officer Nicholas Maresca Jr. and Kevin Hemmerich did not interact during back-to-back hearings before Municipal Court Judge Judge John E. Mulhern.

Their next appearance in court is April 20.

Maresca is charged with simple assault and Hemmerich with disorderly conduct. Three more serious charges filed against Hemmerich by Hopatcong police were dismissed in January.

About three dozen police officers, including most of the Hopatcong police department, filled the right side of Mulhern’s courtroom.

Hemmerich sat on the left side with his mother.

Afterward, …read more

Source: NJ.com Sussex

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