According to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the 51-year-old suspect committed the criminal offenses while serving as head of the Glen Rock Police Department’s detective bureau.
The suspect allegedly used his police department-issued cell phone to send the inappropriate sexual messages to two teenage girls he happened to be investigating at the time.
The suspect, who has been a police officer for 27 years, was suspended without pay once the allegations came to light.
The suspect was eventually placed under arrest and charged with five counts of child endangerment.
After being charged in the sex offense case, the suspect secured his release from custody by posting $250,000 bail. He was then forced to submit to house arrest.
At some point, the suspect allegedly sold several rifles and handguns that had previously been surrendered to the Glen Rock Police Department. The suspect is accused of making the illegal sales at two gun shops.
The suspect, who resides in Hackensack NJ, now faces additional charges of theft for reportedly failing to make required disposition of property received.
To learn more about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Cop Accused of Sexting Teens Arrested on New Charges, Prosecutor Says.”