Lower Township police

Lower Township police seized a computer, cell phone and other electronics from a North Cape May man accused of sharing inappropriate pictures of an ex-girlfriend.

On June 30, North Wildwood police informed Lower Township police of a report from a woman who said her ex-boyfriend was sharing inappropriate photographs of her, according to a news release from Lower police.

The woman claimed the ex, Ernest “Drew” Paulus III, 46, of North Cape May, pointed a shotgun at her several months ago and told her not to report him to authorities, Lower police said.

Detectives from Lower spoke with the woman at North Wildwood police headquarters, then took her to the Lower police station to apply for a temporary restraining order and give a statement.

A search warrant was authorized by Judge Thomas Hillegass, and detectives, along with members of the Cape May County SWAT team, searched Paulus’ home in the 600 block of Howland Avenue.

During the search, authorities seized a cell phone, computer, video recording devices and other electronics, as well as a quantity of marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Paulus was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, terroristic threats, invasion of privacy for recording images without consent, invasion of privacy for sharing images, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additional complaints are pending analysis of suspected steroids found in the home.

Paulus was taken to the Cape May County jail pending a hearing.

Contact: 609-272-7286 LCarroll@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPress_LC

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Joined the Press in November 2016. Graduate of Quinnipiac University. Previously worked as a freelance reporter in suburban Philadelphia and news/talk radio producer.

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