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Port Newark Longshoreman Suspended Following Charges of Aggravated Assault, Possession of Weapon, and Criminal Restraint

November 23, 2022

Today, the Commission suspended the registration of longshoreman James Tyliczka, 50, of Monroe Township, New Jersey, pending an administrative hearing. Tyliczka had been employed in Port Newark as a Gear Man.

The suspension follows a Notice of Hearing to determine whether Tyliczka committed offenses resulting in arrests and pending criminal charges that render his presence at the piers or other waterfront terminals a danger to the public peace or safety. The Notice of Hearing charges that, in October 2021 and again in April 2022, Tyliczka was convicted of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Also in April, Tyliczka allegedly assaulted an individual. Then in June, after allegedly disobeying a court order to avoid contact with the alleged victim, he allegedly committed an assault by pushing the victim down a flight of stairs and striking the victim with a wooden and hard plastic object, causing the victim to lose consciousness. In addition, he had allegedly been holding the victim in a condition of involuntary servitude.

As a result of Tyliczka’s most recent arrest, which occurred in July 2022, he currently faces criminal charges of Aggravated Assault, Possession of Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Contempt, and Criminal Restraint. On August 10, 2022, the New York Commissioner of the Waterfront Commission voted to suspend Tyliczka’s registration. On November 23, 2022, the newly confirmed New Jersey Commissioner approved the suspension, resulting in Tyliczka’s removal from the waterfront pending an administrative hearing.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office is handling the criminal prosecution.

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