A Mercer County corrections officer has been arrested on charges of sexual assault and was charged with a second assault later that week, according to a recent article on NJ.com.
The 44-year-old man was charged in the second case after Trenton police officers responded to a call for assistance placed from a Riverside Avenue location. The woman they met there had visible injuries and told police that the man had driven her to an unknown area, where he put her in a headlock and punched her before sexually assaulting her.
The man was charged with kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, and aggravated assault in connection with the incident.
The charges follow a charge of sexual assault related to an earlier incident, according to police. In the first incident, the victim claimed that she was knocked to the ground and sexually assaulted by the man in Trenton’s Cadwalader Park and that she escaped to the park’s security gate and alerted officers there, according to prosecutors.
The man has been a union officer with the Mercer County Correction Officers’ Association since the mid-2000s, where he often acted as a media spokesperson, according to a Mercer County spokeswoman. He has served as a corrections officer for over 22 years.
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