The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office said Thursday a harassment complaint has been filed against a Galloway Township councilman.

James McElwee, 62, of Misto Lane, is accused of harassment by offensive touching Monday, according to a statement from acting Prosecutor James McClain.

The complaint was signed Tuesday by Donna Weaver, 32, a staff writer for The Press of Atlantic City.

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The complaint carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in prison and as much as $500 in fines, he said.

The Galloway Township Municipal Court has not made a finding of probable cause, McClain said, so no summons has been issued to McElwee.

The case will be heard in a municipal court outside the township, which will determine probable cause on the charges and how the matter will proceed.

In a statement Thursday night, McElwee said he apologized over the phone Tuesday night “for my part in any misunderstanding and believed we had cleared up the issue that night.”

“If charges are filed I will present my evidence to the appropriate judicial authority and fully expect the evidence will reveal that no form of harassment took place,” he said. “I still remain hopeful that this can be cleared up without burdening the courts if possible. Regardless I believe there is no basis for any charges arising from this incident.”

Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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