New Developments in Separate Sex Assault Cases Against Jersey Shore Politicians
On the heels of being accused of sexual assault by a 15-year-old boy in Jackson, Daniel Toth has withdrawn his bid to again serve on the Brick Township Council.
Toth sent a letter to the Ocean County Clerk's Office, stating he was dropping out of the race. He's charged with criminal sexual contact and child endangerment.
Toth issued the following statement by email to various media outlets:
“Let me be clear: the charges filed against me are false and baseless. I’ve spent my entire life building my reputation, and I will devote my full energies toward proving my innocence. As such, I have requested that my name be withdrawn from the ballot for Township Council in Brick.”
Toth served served on the Township Council from 2006-2013 and garnered the highest votes in the Republican Primary in June among the other three GOP candidates running for the four, four-year terms being contested this year. He also ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2013, losing to Joseph Sangiovanni in the primary.
The other Republican candidates seeking a seat on the Township Council include Frank Pannucci Jr., Michael R. Conti, and Charles D. Bacon. Pannucci and Conti serve on the Brick Board of Education; their school board seats are up for election and they are not seeking re-election.
In Monmouth County, Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornick has ordered the name of former Mayor Matthew V. Scannapieco to be removed form all Township property, according to the Asbury Park Press.
The action comes in the wake of Scannapieco pleading guilty in May in Delaware to the repeated sexual abuse of a child, first-degree rape and unlawful sexual contact. The 71-year-old Scannapieco, who served as Mayor from 1992 to 2003, could receive life in prison when sentenced next month.
The victim was a female relative, according to the newspaper.