What to Know
- A New Jersey judge is on the wrong side of the law after allegedly groping a woman’s breasts inside his private law offices, officials said
- Nino Falcone is accused of grabbing the 33-year-old woman’s breasts without her consent at his North Bergen office
- The 78-year-old judge was arrested Thursday, and has been suspended without pay
A New Jersey judge is on the wrong side of the law after allegedly groping a woman’s breasts inside his private law offices, according to Hudson County officials.
Nino Falcone is accused of grabbing the woman’s breasts without her consent at his North Bergen office on August 29, prosecutors said. The alleged victim is a 33-year-old woman, according to law enforcement sources.
The incident did not involve a North Bergen town employee or “anyone connected with North Bergen Municipal Court,” a spokesman for the town said in a statement.
“Judge Falcone has provided many years of dedicated and unblemished public service,” the statement read. “We will follow the directives of the New Jersey Judiciary, which has jurisdiction over Municipal Court Judges, and we will refrain from commenting further while this case advances through the legal process."
The 78-year-old judge was arrested on Thursday, and charged with criminal sexual contact. He was released, with his next court appearance scheduled for October 3.
Falcone was suspended from his job as a municipal court judge without pay.
Information regarding an attorney for Falcone was not immediately available.