WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II, West Caldwell Police Chief and Roseland Police Captain Richard Costello have announced that Roseland police officer Richard Haffner, 43, of West Caldwell, has been arrested on 21 charges that include aggravated sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a minor, and witness tampering. 

Haffner, who was taken into custody without incident upon his arrest earlier this week, is accused of committing the assaults against a single juvenile victim between April 2019 and February 2021. According to Assistant Prosecutor Jeffrey Conrad, who is handling the case, the assaults are believed to have occurred while the defendant was off duty. Stephens praised the Roseland and West Caldwell police departments for their assistance with the investigation.

The joint investigation by the Essex County Prosecutor’s office and the West Caldwell and Roseland police departments also resulted in an unrelated charge against Haffner for engaging in prostitution as a patron. 

Law enforcement is requesting that anyone with information pertaining to either matter contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit at 973-753-1130.