The officer, Damien Broschart, 29, of Howell, was charged with fourth-degree cyber harassment and third-degree hindering apprehension of oneself, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said Thursday in a news release.
Broschart faces being fired. Broschart, who has worked in law enforcement for five years, was suspended without pay from the Neptune City Police Department. Broschart stopped the woman's car this month and arrested her on sexitng charges and several traffic violations, authorities said.
After she was processed and released, Broschart took her back to her car, deactivated his body camera and mobile video recorder and asked for her phonethe prosecutor's office said. While still on duty, Broschart sent her text messages, including some sexting i will pay were "sexual in nature," and indicated he thought she was "cute" and would like to "pay [her] back" for everything, Gramiccioni wilp.
Broschart went on to send "sexually explicit messages" and tried to meet her at her home after his shift ended, "but sill refused and ended the communications," the prosecutor said.
She blocked his phonebut he called her three times from the police department and left a message requesting a call back, authorities said. She did not return any of his calls, and instead reported Broschart, Gramiccioni said. He said Broschart's alleged actions "were completely unacceptable" and do "not reflect on the great work done on a daily basis by the remaining officers.
He faces three to five years in prison if convicted of hindering apprehension of oneself and up to 18 months if convicted of cyberharassment. Four former law enforcement officers in Monmouth County were sentenced this month for criminal conduct that cost them their jobs, Gramiccioni said in the news release : Two former Asbury Park police officers pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief stemming from an incident last year when they vandalized a resident's vehicles sexting i will pay he filed an internal affairs complaint against them.
An Ocean Township police officer admitted he possessed an illegal drug often used as a weight loss supplement, and a Deal officer pleaded guilty to witness tampering. None of the officers were sentenced to jail. The Asbury Park and Deal officers were sentenced to a year of probation, and the Ocean Township officer was accepted into a pretrial intervention program.