Bunny-suited prankster, and cop who slapped him, returning to court

SPARTA — A Hopatcong police officer and the bunny-suited prankster he slapped last fall will be sharing a municipal courtroom for a second time Thursday.

Officer Nicholas Maresca Jr. and Kevin Hemmerich did not interact during back-to-back hearings before Municipal Court Judge John E. Mulhern on March 16.

Both are facing charges stemming from a Nov. 17 encounter in the lobby of the Hopatcong police headquarters that drew widespread attention after a video was uploaded to YouTube and Facebook.

Maresca is charged with simple assault and harassment and is scheduled for a second case management hearing Thursday.

Hemmerich is charged with disorderly conduct and scheduled for …read more

Source: NJ.com Morris

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