NJ police chief charged with harassing female co-worker

January 4, 2013 3:38:01 PM PST
The chief of the Berlin Township, NJ Police Department has been charged with harassing a female co-worker.

Joe Jackson, 45, of West Berlin, was charged Thursday with two counts of harassment and simple assault.

Prosecutors say on July 16, 2012 Jackson hugged the woman and lifted her off the ground, causing discomfort and annoyance.

They say this incident followed months of interactions with the woman in the workplace, from April 2010 to July 2012, that allegedly included touching, rubbing and hugs that continued even after the woman told Jackson his behavior made her uncomfortable.

Jackson has served as Berlin Township Police Chief since 2009. He was suspended back in September when the allegations first came to light.

The Camden County Prosecutors Office says the offenses with which he is charged are disorderly persons offenses and are not indictable.