1997: Van Pelt elected to Ocean Township Committee.
2001-2008: Served as mayor of Ocean Township.
Nov. 6, 2007: Elected as state assemblyman in the 9th District.
December 2008: First meets with FBI informant Solomon Dwek.
Feb. 21 2009: Meets Dwek at Caesars Atlantic City and accepts
a white envelope with $10,000
Feb. 28, 2009: Steps down as an Ocean Township committeeman.
March 30, 2009: Meets Dwek at the Ocean Breeze Diner in Ocean Township and accepts a GPS
July 23, 2009: Arrested in FBI roundup with 43 other people. He is accused of accepting a $10,000 bribe. Van Pelt is charged with bribery and extortion.
July 26, 2009: Loses job as the Lumberton Township administrator.
July 31, 2009: Resigns as assemblyman .
Dec. 10, 2009: Indicted on federal bribery and extortion charges.
Jan. 5, 2010: Pleads not guilty.
May: Federal corruption trial begins in federal court in Trenton.
May 19: Convicted of bribery and extortion.