MAYS LANDING — A former special law enforcement officer of the Buena Borough Police Department was sentenced this morning for official misconduct and child sexual contact, in connection with acts committed in 2014 while the defendant was employed in law enforcement, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
An investigation of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit resulted in the arrest Friday, June 27, 2014, of Buena Borough Special Officer Sean R. Griffith, 24, of the 300 block of South Franklin Street, Landisville, NJ.
Griffith was arrested without incident in Buena Borough, and charged with three (3) indictable offenses: Official Misconduct—a 2nd degree crime, Sexual Assault—a 2nd degree crime, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child—a 3rd degree crime.
The state alleged that Griffith committed the acts while holding a position of authority and disciplinary power over a 17 year-old female victim.
Griffith was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility in lieu of $100,000 cash or bond bail, set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Mark H. Sandson, and was arraigned on the charges in Buena Borough Municipal Court on the charges in Buena Borough Municipal Court on July 10, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
On November 5, 2015, Griffith pled guilty before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury Jr. to the accusation of Official Misconduct—a crime of the 2nd degree, and to Sexual Contact—a 4th degree crime.
Judge DeLury ordered the immediate forfeiture of Griffith’s of Griffith’s position of employment with the Borough of Buena, and further ordered that Griffith would be forever disqualified from holding any public office or position of honor, trust, or profit under this State or any of its administrative or political subdivisions.
This morning, January 29, 2016, Judge DeLury sentenced Griffith to 5 years of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison, with 2 years of the sentence to be completed before Griffith becomes eligible for parole, and that Griffith be subject to Megan’s Law registration requirements.
First Assistant Prosecutor Diane Ruberton represented the State in the matter.
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