A Brigantine police officer was indicted Thursday afternoon for the sexual assault of a 16-year-old female victim.

44-year-old Officer Ralph M. Pereira of Briganine was indicted on ten criminal counts in connection with the sexual assault of a 16-year-old in 2012 and 2013.

An investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit resulted in Pereira’s arrest on May 19, 2014. The state alleges that Pereira provided the juvenile victim alcohol, committed sexual acts, and photographed or filmed the victim in a prohibited sexual act, while he held a position of authority and disciplinary power over the victim by virtue of his employment as a public servant.


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