MILLTOWN, NJ - Middlesex County Sheriff’s Officer Neil Raciti, 47, of Milltown was charged on September 20, 2015 with simple assault, a disorderly persons offense. A third degree charge of aggravated assault was filed today after it was determined that the victim sustained a fracture.  Raciti, elected as a Democrat, but running for reelection as a Republican, has also served as the Milltown Borough Council President since 2013.

Raciti was charged after he injured the victim in Milltown shortly before 1 p.m. The assault was not related to Raciti’s employment, and he was off-duty at the time.  

He was taken into custody, charged, and later released on his own recognizance.  Raciti has been suspended without pay from his position as Sheriff's Officer.

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The victim was treated at St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick and was released.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Christopher Witt or Officer Shawn Holland, both of the Milltown Police Department, at (732) 828-1100.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Raciti are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Editors Note: This article was updated to reflect Mr. Raciti's current political affiliation. It was incorrectly reported that Mr. Raciti was still running and serving as a Democrat.