NJ Police Officer Tried to Meet 'Teen Girl' for Sex: Prosecutors - NBC New York

NJ Police Officer Tried to Meet 'Teen Girl' for Sex: Prosecutors

The 28-year-old was suspended from the Ridgewood police department following his arrest

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    Officer Tried to Meet 'Teen Girl' for Sex: Prosecutors

    Authorities say a New Jersey police officer who thought he was communicating online with a 15-year-old girl set up a meeting so they could have sex. Michael George reports.

    (Published Tuesday, April 16, 2019)

    What to Know

    • A New Jersey police officer who thought he was talking to a 15-year-old girl online set up a meeting so they could have sex, authorities say

    • Bergen County prosecutors say Peter Tuchol Jr. was arrested Monday at his Waldwick home

    • The 28-year-old Tuchol was suspended from the Ridgewood police department following his arrest

    Authorities say a New Jersey police officer who thought he was communicating online with a 15-year-old girl set up a meeting so they could have sex.

    Bergen County prosecutors say Peter Tuchol Jr. was arrested Monday at his Waldwick home and charged with luring, attempted sexual assault, attempted child endangerment and three drug charges related to the possession of anabolic steroids.

    The arrest was made public Tuesday. The 28-year-old Tuchol was suspended from the Ridgewood police department following his arrest.

    It wasn't known Tuesday if he's retained an attorney.

    Prosecutors say an undercover detective posing as the teen started having online conversations with Tuchol last Thursday.

    During these conversations, they say Tuchol arranged to meet with the teen so they could have sex.

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