UNION COUNTY, NJ - Lawrence Bethke, 39, of Roselle has been charged with second-degree official misconduct and third-degree aggravated assault after a Union County grand jury returned a two-count indictment.
Bethke a corrections officer was charged in connection with the physical assault of a Union County Jail inmate last year, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour.
On Saturday, June 18, Bethke and an inmate engaged in a verbal dispute that escalated to violence, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Rosenthal, who is prosecuting the case.
The matter was investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Prosecutions Unit and the Union County Police Department. Convictions on second-degree criminal charges are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison.
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