Police officer stalked, harassed ex-girlfriend through texts, social media, grand jury says

A Brick Township police officer has been suspended without pay after a grand jury found he used phone calls, text messages, and social media to stalk and harass a former girlfriend.

Justin Delaney, 33, of Brick, has been charged with Official Misconduct and Stalking.

According to the indictment handed down by an Ocean County grand jury, Delaney "used various social media, including Instagram and Facebook, to publish harassing, annoying, humiliating and alarming messages" about the victim between November 2012 and May 2013.

Delaney is also accused of using a prepaid cellphone to make and send "harassing and offensive" phone calls and text messages to the victim.

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office said investigators were able to link the social media accounts used to publish the harassing messages back to IP addresses registered to Delaney.

If convicted he faces up to 10 years behind bars.

Delaney is currently free on $30,000 on 10% bail.

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