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Port Elizabeth Maintenance Worker Surrenders Registration with Prejudice Following Conviction for Aggravated Assault

May 1, 2018

   Today, the Commission accepted the request of Jose Reta, 44, of Elizabeth, NJ, to surrender his registration as a maintenance worker with prejudice. He had faced charges at an administrative hearing of violating the Waterfront Commission Act because of an aggravated assault of his ex-girlfriend with a knife, among other allegations.

   Reta was a maintenance worker at Maher Terminals, LLC, in Port Elizabeth, New Jersey. On January 31, 2017, in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson County, he was indicted on charges that included Aggravated Assault. As a result of the indictment, the Commission suspended Reta’s registration as a maintenance worker pending an administrative hearing.

    On October 10, 2017, in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson County, Reta pled guilty to Aggravated Assault-Cause Injury with Weapon-Reckless, a crime of the fourth degree. On December 1, 2017, the Court sentenced Reta to a year of probation and anger management counseling.

    After his criminal conviction, Reta still faced charges at an administrative hearing before the Commission. He was charged with violating the Waterfront Commission Act because of the aggravated assault, the resulting conviction, theft of a cellular phone belonging to the assault victim, and fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation during a sworn interview at the offices of the Commission.

   Today, the Commission barred Reta from the waterfront by accepting his request for the surrender with prejudice of his registration as a maintenance worker.

   The case against Reta was prosecuted by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

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