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Jury Indicts North Plainfield Police Officer for Sexual Assault at Kenilworth Hotel

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Jury Indicts North Plainfield Police Officer for Sexual Assault
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ELIZABETH, NJ - A North Plainfield police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a hotel in Kenilworth last year was indicted by a Union County grand jury on three counts,  acting Union County Prosecutor Ann M. Luvera announced Thursday.

Mike Jean-Baptiste, 29, is charged with second-degree sexual assault, second-degree official misconduct, and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact. 

The Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit investigation into this matter was initiated by a referral from the Kenilworth Police Department, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Peterson, who is prosecuting the case. The investigation revealed that Jean-Baptiste first encountered the adult victim while on duty on March 2, 2017 and allegedly sexually assaulted her later that night at The Kenilworth, a hotel just off the Garden State Parkway, Peterson said. 

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Jean-Baptiste was taken into custody without incident in North Plainfield in July 2017 and lodged in Union County Jail. 

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/warren/articles/north-plainfield-police-officer-arrested-and-char-3

Anyone with information about this alleged incident or other actions involving Jean-Baptiste is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Lt. Patricia Gusmano at 908-527-4630.

Convictions on charges of this nature are commonly punishable by terms of five to 10 years in state prison and registry as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

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