ELIZABETH, NJ - A Union County grand jury returned a two-count indictment on Friday against an Elizabeth Police officer, charging him with sexual assault.

According to acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan, Samaad I. Bethea, 22, is charged with second-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact.

Authorities said after a nearly two-month investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Professional Standards Unit revealed that Bethea committed the alleged assault against an adult woman in Elizabeth on December 14, 2018. 

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The woman was not seriously physically injured said authorities. 

The grand jury returned its indictment late Friday afternoon, and a first appearance in the case has been scheduled for Tuesday morning in the Union County Jail’s second-floor courtroom. 

Convictions on second-degree criminal charges are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison. 

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