Two police officers in separate departments have been arrested on charges they sexually assaulted a 16-year-old in separate incidents while holding a position of authority.
Atlantic City Officer Andre Corbin and Brigantine Officer Ralph Pereira, both 43, were arrested Monday, following concurrent investigations led by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit with help from the Brigantine and Atlantic City police departments. The Prosecutor’s Office would not comment on whether the same teenager was the victim in both cases.
Pereira, who was arrested in Brigantine where he lives, is charged with two counts of sexual assault and a count each of endangering the welfare of a child and official misconduct, all second-degree crimes, which carry potential sentences of five to 10 years in prison. He is additionally charged with criminal sexual contact, a fourth-degree crime.
Corbin, who lives in Mays Landing, was arrested shortly after coming to work Monday and is charged with two counts each of official misconduct and sexual assault, along with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact.
Pereira is a 10-year veteran of the Brigantine department and has served on the PBA, according to records. He had his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon before Superior Court Judge Michael Donio, where he indicated he would be represented by defense attorney Bill Subin. Subin could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.
Corbin, who joined Atlantic City’s police force in 2005, was charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury in 2008, according to court records. That charge was dismissed Feb. 26, 2009, for insufficient evidence. Court records indicate that, at that time, he was represented by attorney Joseph Levin, but it was not clear whether he had retained an attorney in this case.
Both men were taken to the Atlantic County jail on $100,000 bail each. Corbin posted $100,000 bond Tuesday morning.
Anyone with information about either case is asked to call Special Victims Unit Detective Danielle Rosiello at 609-909-7986.
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