MAYS LANDING, N.J. (CBS) – According to Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain, two police officers have been arrested for separate and independent acts of child sexual assault and official misconduct.
Brigantine Police Officer Ralph Pereira, 43, was arrested on Monday.READ MORE: Taste With Tori: Huda In Rittenhouse Merging Standout Sandwiches And Fine Dining
He has been charged with several second degree offenses including official misconduct, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He was also charged with criminal sexual contact, a fourth degree crime.
It is alleged that Pereira committed the acts while holding a position of authority and disciplinary power over a 16-year-old female victim.
Pereira was sent to the Atlantic County Justice Facility in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.
A simultaneous investigation resulted in the arrest of Atlantic City Police Officer Andre Corbin, 43, on Monday.READ MORE: Bucks County Police Chiefs Detail How George Floyd's Murder Changes How They Work
Corbin was arrested in Atlantic City and charged with the following second degree offenses: official misconduct, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He was also charged with criminal sexual contact, a fourth degree offense.
Corbin allegedly committed the acts while in a position of authority and holding a position of disciplinary power over a 16-year-old female.
Corbin was sent to the Atlantic County Justice Facility and released after posting $100,000 cash bail.
Authorities say a crime of the second degree carries a potential sentence of five to 10 years of incarceration in prison. A crime of the fourth degree carries a potential sentence of imprisonment that cannot exceed 18 months.MORE NEWS: Body Of Missing Amish Teen Linda Stoltzfoos Found In Ronks, Lancaster District Attorney's Office Confirms
Anyone with information about either case is asked to contact Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit Detective Danielle Rosiello at 609-909-7986.