Another New Jersey Police Officer has been arrested for sex crimes.
Yesterday, PSD reported that Class II Special Police Officer Kevin Meier, 21, was arrested on-duty at Seaside Heights Police Headquarters Wednesday, after a search of his home and computer revealed materials “related to child pornography.”
Meier is still being held at the Ocean County Jail on a $50,000 bail.
Now, another Class II Special Officer, 25-year-old Daniel J. Alfano of the Seaside Park Police Department, just one county over – has been arrested and charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
Special officers are hired by some departments during the summer months to help deal with tourists.
According to a news release from Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni, Alfano was charged with second-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, Wednesday, after Hazlet police investigated the allegation.
Prosecutors say the alleged incident occurred on May 2. Details surrounding the encounter and the victims name have not been released.
The Seaside Park Police Department took Alfano off their part-time officer schedule earlier this month after learning about the allegations, Chief Francis Larkin said. The department initiated termination proceedings against him immediately following his arrest.
He was released from jail after posting a $100,000 bail.
If convicted of sexual assault, Alfano could face up to 10 years in prison and be subject to restrictions and community supervision for life.
He also faces three to five years in prison for each count of endangering the welfare of a child.
Alfano is represented by Attorney Mitchell Ansel, Esq., of Ocean Township. They have made no comment regarding the incident or Alfano’s innocence.
According to the 3rd Quarter Report of The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project for 2010, police officers were accused of sexual assault at a rate of 79 per 100,000 law enforcement personal.
The rate of accusations for the general public was 28.7 per 100,000.
When correcting for gender, the numbers show that there are 1.5 times more accusations of sexual assault among male law enforcement officers than among the general male population.