Union County police sergeant indicted on sexual assault charges

A Plainfield police sergeant with 12 years on the force was recently indicted on one count of second degree official misconduct and one count of fourth degree criminal sexual contact for sexually assaulting a woman while on duty. The Union County Prosecutor’s Office alleges that he coerced the woman to perform sexual acts on herself while he sexually gratified himself.


“Sexual contact” is defined under the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice as “an intentional touching by the victim or actor, either directly or through clothing, of the victim’s or actor’s intimate parts for the purpose of degrading or humiliating the victim or sexually arousing or sexually gratifying the actor.” Criminal sexual contact is a fourth degree crime and is punishable by up to 18 months in prison under circumstances where the actor uses physical force or coercion but does not cause any severe personal injuries to the victim. More serious sexual offenses can be charged as third degree criminal sexual contact or as first or second degree sexual assault.


If you’ve been charged with a sex crime in New Jersey, it’s important to contact a defense attorney as soon as possible, and if you need an attorney, you can contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo. As a partner at the law firm of Palumbo & Renaud, I have more than 35 years of experience and I know the best tactics and strategies to win your case or negotiate a favorable plea bargain. Send me an email or call me at 1-866-664-8118 to set up a free and confidential consultation.