According to authorities, the 51-year-old Glen Rock detective texted the illicit messages to the young girls while he was investigating and supervising them.
The suspect, who lives in Fair Lawn NJ, allegedly reached out to the victims by using his police department-issued cell phone. During the phone calls, the suspect reportedly engaged in sexually explicit dialogue with the underage girls.
Moreover, the suspect allegedly sent photos of his genitals to one of the victims. The suspect also reportedly asked one of the victims to send naked photos of herself.
The victims are said to be 14 years old and 17 years old, respectively.
After learning that the suspect was possibly engaging in illegal activity, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Confidential Investigations Unit and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit began a joint investigation into the suspect.
Authorities eventually placed the suspect under arrest. The suspect was subsequently charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
One of the counts has been classified as a first degree felony. As a result, the suspect faces significant penalties. If the suspect is convicted of first degree child endangerment, he could be sentenced to 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was moved to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail on a $250,000 bail amount.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “N.J. Cop Accused of Sexting Teen Girls, Sending Naked Photos.”