Hunterdon County prosecutor searches sheriff’s office

The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s office served a search warrant on the Hunterdon County Sheriff’s office yesterday afternoon.

Freeholder Matt Holt confirmed that the board received notice that a search warrant had been served.

“It is my understanding via an email from county counsel that went to our board yesterday afternoon that the prosecutor’s office did enter the sheriff’s office with a search warrant yesterday afternoon. They were there, and did spend some time in the office, but under what grounds and whether anything was removed or not, I do not know,” he said. “More than that, we’re not privy to anything ongoing.”

County Prosecutor J. Patrick Barnes earlier this year charged two investigators in the sheriff’s office with lying about their backgrounds. Sheriff Deborah Trout has been at odds with the freeholder board since taking over the office one year ago.

Hunterdon County prosecutor searches sheriff’s office