Thursday, January 8, 2015

Brigantine Police Officer Indicted; Ten Criminal Counts in Connection with Sexual Assault of Child

ATLANTIC COUNTY —A Brigantine police officer was indicted this afternoon for the sexual assault of a 16-year-old female victim, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
Today, Thursday, January 8, 2015, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Brigantine Police Officer Ralph M. Pereira, 44, of the 5000 block of Ontario Avenue, Brigantine, NJ, on ten (10) criminal counts, in connection with the sexual assault of a child in 2012 and 2013:
  • 1) 2 counts of Sexual Assault—a 2nd degree crime, 

  • 2) 3 counts of Official Misconduct—a 2nd degree crime, 
  • 3) 3 counts of 2nd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, 
  • 4) 1 count of 3rd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and 
  • 5) 1 count of Criminal Sexual Contact—a 4th degree crime,
  • An investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, with the assistance of by the Brigantine Police Department, resulted in Pereira’s arrest without incident in Brigantine on May 19, 2014. 
  • The state alleges that Pereira provided the juvenile victim alcohol, committed acts of sexual penetration, and photographed or filmed the victim in a prohibited sexual act, while he held a position of authority and disciplinary power over the victim by virtue of his employment as a public servant. 
  • Pereira was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility in lieu of $100,000 cash bail, set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Donna M. Taylor. Pereira was later released on bail. 
  • A crime of the 2nd degree carries a potential sentence of 5 to 10 years of incarceration in New Jersey State prison. A 3rd degree crime carries a potential penalty of 3 to five years of imprisonment. A 4th degree crime carries a potential prison sentence not to exceed 18 months.
First Assistant Prosecutor Diane Ruberton represents the State in the matter.
This charge is merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.


Anonymous said...

glad to see ACPO taking these few bad apples down EHC now Northfield and hates off to ACPO cleaning up the gangs in ac as well

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