NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A local police officer has lost his badge as a result of his actions toward a prisoner in his custody and his attempt to cover them up.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today that a Piscataway Police Officer pleaded guilty to tampering or falsifying records and simple assault.

Todd Ritter, 54, of Millstone admitted to falsifying police records in the fourth degree and simple assault, a disorderly persons offense.

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Ritter admitted that while on official duty he struck a suspect who was detained in a patrol car. Ritter then falsified a police record by entering inaccurate information in an attempt to conceal his actions.

Under a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Christine D’Elia, Ritter will be sentenced to a term of probation.

In addition, he will forfeit his current public employment with the Piscataway Police Department and is barred from any future public employment.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Joseph Rea on July 6, 2018.

The Piscataway officer was charged during an investigation by Lieutenant Warren Morrison of the Piscataway Police Department and Detective Andreea Zebib of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.