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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: February 24, 2014
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County Prosecutorís Office
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Corrections officers charged with assaults
County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Gary M. Lanigan, commissioner of
the New Jersey Department of Corrections, announced today that two corrections
officers have been arrested and charged with assaulting two residents in
separate incidents at the state Adult Diagnostic and
††††††††† Michael Higgins (DOB 6/28/66) of
†The officers were released from custody after they posted bail. Bail for Higgins was set at $35,000 and bail for Domio was set at $15,000.
Higgins was charged after an investigation by the state Department of Corrections determined that the officer punched a 32-year-old resident in the face and broke his jaw on May 12, 2013 at the Avenel facility.
Additionally, it was charged that Domio struck a 21-year-old resident in the face at the facility, causing bruises and a laceration to the victimís head at the facility on April 28, 2013.
The state Department of Corrections launched the investigation after the injuries were reported.
The residents are among sex offenders who are being held at the facility on civil commitments, which are imposed by the courts when sex offenders complete their sentences but cannot be released from custody.
Both officers have been suspended pending the outcome of the charges. Higgins and Domio both started as corrections officers on February 2, 2005.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the corrections officers are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.