Edison, NJ – The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that Edison Deputy Police Chief Ronald Mieczkowski has resigned after the County Prosecutor’s Office filed a complaint against him.
The complaint, which was filed on June 19, alleges that Mr. Mieczkowski committed the crime of false swearing. According to the complaint, on January 15, Mr. Mieczkowski provided a sworn statement to the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office during which he gave information that was later proven false by cell phone records.
“The Defendant indicated he had only two telephone conversations with a target in another matter when in fact cellular telephone records show that there were over 30 phone calls placed between this defendant and the other individual, who was the target of an investigation by the Edison Police Department,” according to the complaint.
The complaint further alleges that Mr. Mieczkowski “indicated the conversations were minimal in nature and did not pertain to the case against said target” but that one of the conversations lasted as long as 50 minutes.
The allegations against Mr. Mieczkowski are latest in a series of actions the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office involving Edison police officers. In just the past ten months, seven Edison Police officers have been indicted or otherwise charged with misconduct.
Last October, a Grand Jury indicted five Edison Police Officers for “No Show Jobs.” According to the Prosecutor, that investigation revealed that between November 14, 2016, and May 7, 2018, these police officers of the Edison Police Department were getting paid for extra-duty jobs which they were not present for.
Only a month before that, in September 2018, a township police officer was indicted for official misconduct, computer theft, and stalking his ex-girlfriend. Edison Police Officer Paul Pappas, 44, was charged with four counts of official misconduct in the second degree, one count of a pattern of official misconduct in the second degree, one count of computer theft/criminal activity in the second degree, and one count of stalking in the fourth degree.
Mayor Thomas Lankey, who also serves as Public Safety Director, declined to comment on Deputy Police Chief Ron Mieczkowski’s resignation. A spokesperson for the Township told TAPinto Edison that Mayor Lankey does not comment about personnel issues.
Police Chief Thomas Bryan referred media inquiries to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Mr. Mieczkowski is slated to appear in Court on July 11. As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Mr. Mieczkowski are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.