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Piscataway Soccer Referee Charged With Child Porn Possession

Lawrence Lapczynski Released on His Own Recognizance After Two Nights in Jail
Lawrence Lapczynski
Lawrence Lapczynski Middlesex Co. Prosecutor's Office

PISCATAWAY, NJ—Authorities announced on March 22 that a township resident had been arrested and charged with possessing illicit images of children on his home computer.

Lawrence Lapczynski, age 47, was arrested one day earlier and charged with a single count of possession of child pornography, according to the official statement from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO).

Lapczynski was employed as a referee for the Raritan Valley Soccer Officials Association and worked as a freelance umpire and referee through "the Arbiter Sports website."

It's not clear if he's back at work as a refeeree, but he was released from the Middlesex County Jail two days after his arrest, on March 23.  The records department said that he was released on his own recognizance by the courts.

ArbiterSports is a "sports officiating software company" that is a joint venture of two subsidiaries of the of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Arbiter LLC and eOfficials LLC.

"We simply provide the software. We don't actually employ any officials," said a company representative who answered the phone at their headquarters in Utah.

The Raritan Valley Soccer Officials Association did not respond to questions about Lapczynski's employment.

Lapcynski comes from a family with longstanding ties to "the Heights" section of the Township, also known as Bound Brook Heights.  Family members own homes on River Road and Plainfield Avenue according to property records.

The investigation was led by Piscataway Police Department Detective Robert Wei and MCPO Detective George Stilwell of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Police said the defendant had "stored an undisclosed number of illicit images of children in his computer."

New Brunswick Today was not sent the MCPO press release, as that agency removed all our reporters from their media list over a year ago.

The release was posted on the MCPO's website, and it states that the "investigation is active and is continuing."

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Wei at (732) 562-2370 or Detective Stilwell at (732) 745-8675.