ROSELAND, NJ — A Roseland police officer who resides in West Caldwell is facing numerous charges, including sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II, West Caldwell Police Chief Dennis Capriglione Jr. and Roseland Police Captain Richard Costello announced Wednesday that Richard Haffner, 43, of West Caldwell, a Roseland police officer, has been arrested on 21 charges, including Aggravated Sexual Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, and Witness Tampering. 

Haffner, who was taken into custody Wednesday, is alleged to have committed 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 Haffner was off-duty. 

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 who may have information pertaining to either matter contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit at 973-753-1130.