Police officers, former police officers and mentors for community programs are often in a position of power over young volunteers and that position can be misconstrued at times. For one New Jersey former police officer and community program mentor, his position and the proximity it put him in with youth in the area may have played a role in the position he now finds himself in. The 49-year-old man currently stands accused of sexual assault against a minor.

The former officer worked as a superintendent of the town’s beach tag program and the girl involved was allegedly working with him in the program. She is reported to be between 16 and 18 years old. The alleged sexual acts were said to take place during the summer of 2012.

The charge against the man can possibly carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years. The former officer has been ordered to not have any contact with any other individuals in the beach tag program. He spent 25 years as a police officer and also worked as a resource officer at the area high school.

The charges of sexual assault can carry a significant sentence in New Jersey criminal court along with other penalties. There may be fines, probation and the order to register as a sexual predator for life as part of a punishment if he were to be found guilty. The impact on his family life and professional reputation may also be irreparable if the charges lead to criminal court. The exact age of the girl and the details of the nature of the relationship between the two may hinder or possibly help the accused New Jersey citizen’s case.

Source: Ocean City, NJ Patch, “Former Cop Indicted on Sexual Assault Charges,” Anthony Bellano, April 18, 2013