UNION COUNTY — Despite the release of emails sent from government computers that prove he had a sexual relationship with the ex-girlfriend he accused of stalking, Assemblyman Joseph Cryan continues to demand jail time for Karen Golding.
In a letter to the court considering a reduction in the sentence imposed on Golding, and various other post-conviction relief motions, Cryan family lawyer Tim Donohue insists that the lawmaker’s ex-girlfriend deserves time behind bars.
Meanwhile, the former lobbyist is trying to void a gag order that stopped her from proving her side of the story — which turned out to be truthful — and prevent her assignment to a roadside cleanup crew as penalties for offenses for which she was denied a trial.
An Aug. 14 letter from Donohue to Superior Court Judge Salem Ahto, asserts that “The victims have always felt that incarceration was warranted.”
When the New York Post in March posted hundreds of pages of sexually explicit e-mails showing that Cryan and Golding had a sexual relationship — even though the lawmaker had claimed they did not — Donohue down played their importance because almost a decade has passed since Cryan wrote them.
The Assemblyman’s emails raised questions about workplace policies on personal correspondence but Sheriff Ralph Froehlich has never acknowledged the problem and ignored calls for Cryan’s firing from his other public job as one of Union County’s undersheriffs.
Cryan wrote the sexually explicit emails while working at his full-time undersheriff job, where he is paid $120,000 a year, or as assemblyman, an elected position for which he is paid $49,000 annually.
Cryan graphically spelled out his proclivities in more than 150 e-mails that he sent to Golding while she was employed as a lobbyist — and then he fought to keep them hidden after he stunned the state political world by having her charged with stalking in 2006.
In one email he lists more than 100 sexual things he wanted Golding to to do with him, including sex in a bar bathroom, inflicting pain on him during sex, giving him oral sex while he was on the phone and using a popsicle while performing oral sex on him.
Golding has been seeking to have her sentence reduced for several years. Her conviction was upheld by an appeals court last year, Gov. Chris Christie has not responded to calls for a pardon and the judge assigned to consider a motion for post-conviction relief is expected to be unavailable until after she completes an assignment picking up garbage on roadsides in Morris County.
Ahto is a retired judge on recall status and he is expected to hear Golding’s motion to modify or eliminate her sentence on Nov. 4.
Connect with NJTODAY.NET
Join NJTODAY.NET's free Email List to receive occasional updates delivered right to your email address!