A creepy New Jersey cop sent sexually explicit text messages to an 18-year-old woman just hours after arresting her, saying she was “cute” and that he wanted to “pay” her back for the encounter, authorities said.
Neptune City police officer Damien Broschart, 29, of Howell, is facing charges of cyber harassment and hindering apprehension of oneself for contacting the woman earlier this month after arresting her on drug charges and moving violations during a traffic stop, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Broschart, who has worked in law enforcement for five years, drove the woman back to her vehicle after she was processed and released by police, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said.
Broschart then deactivated his police body-cam and mobile video recorder before asking the woman for her telephone number, Gramiccioni said.
Later, while still on-duty, Broschart sent the woman text messages that soon turned “sexual in nature,” including one that said he thought she was “cute” and that he hoped he could “pay [her] back,” according to a news release from the prosecutor’s office.
“Broschart went on to send sexually explicit messages and attempted to meet with the victim at her home after his shift ended, but she refused and abruptly ended the communications,” the release states.
The woman blocked Broschart’s phone number, but the undaunted cop went on to call her three times from the Neptune City Police Department, even leaving a message asking her to call him back, prosecutors said.
The victim, who did not get back to Broschart, later contacted authorities to report the officer’s actions. He has since been suspended without pay and will forfeit any future public employment in New Jersey if convicted, authorities said.
“This type of behavior will not be tolerated, and has no place within the Neptune City Police Department,” Chief Matthew Quagliato said.
Charges in the Oct. 2 incident were filed Tuesday against Broschart, who earned $55,663 a year, according to public records cited by the Asbury Park Press.
An attorney for Broschart, meanwhile, said the suspended cop denies the accusations, NJ.com reported.
“I will evaluate the information gathered by the state when it is provided and formulate his defense accordingly,” defense attorney Richard Incremona told the outlet.
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