PISCATAWAY, NJ — A township police officer was arrested on Wednesday and charged with assault and tampering with official records, said Middlesex County Prosecutor, Andrew C. Carey and Piscataway Police Chief, Scott Cartmell.

Todd Ritter, 54, of Millstone was charged after investigators found he struck a suspect who was being held in a patrol car, and then tried to cover it up by entering inaccurate information into police records, said officials in a Thursday news release. 

Ritter is charged with one count of tampering with public records in the third degree, one count of falsifying and tampering with records in the fourth degree, and one count of assault, a disorderly persons offense, police said. 

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He has been suspended from the Piscataway Police Department without pay and is scheduled to appear in Middlesex County Superior Court March 25, they added.

The case against Ritter remains under investigation. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Andreea Zebib of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4274, or Lieutenant Warren Morrison of the Piscataway Police Department at (732) 562-1100.

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