TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police officer has been indicted for allegedly stalking his ex-girlfriend online.
Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said Friday a grand jury has charged Justin Delaney with official misconduct and stalking.
The 33-year-old Brick resident is suspended without pay from the Brick Township police department.
The indictment alleges Delaney posted “humiliating and alarming” messages on social media about the woman. It also alleges Delaney improperly gained access to a database to determine the source of harassing phone calls and text messages to the woman, when in fact he allegedly had sent them from a prepaid cellphone.
Delaney’s attorney says his client denies the charges and is prepared to go to trial.
Official misconduct carries a maximum 10-year prison term. The maximum sentence for stalking is 18 months.