Law enforcement officials yesterday arrested Daniel Toth, a Republican candidate for local office in Brick Township. Toth was arrested on charges of criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a minor.
Bail was set at $100,000 with a no 10 percent option. Authorities released Toth last night.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit made the arrest in conjunction with the Jackson Police Department.
According to Al Della Fave, press officer for the Ocean County Prosecutor, the allegation against Toth, 38, was brought forth yesterday by a 15-year old minor. According to the complaint against Toth, the candidate for political office allegedly engaged in unlawful sexual behavior with the minor by – according to the warrant – rubbing his private area up against the boy.
Toth is a former councilman in Brick, a battleground town in Ocean County this year where the GOP wants to reverse past recent losses. He’s married with two children and put himself forward as a candidate for mayor in 2013 but did not receive the nod from the Republican organization.
Sources told PolitickerNJ that powerful Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore – while making no presumptions of guilt or innocence – plans to speak with Toth later today to advise him that the candidate can’t simultaneously defend himself while running for office. The expectation within the party is for Toth to remove himself as a candidate for office and for a replacement to step forward.