N.J. State Police trooper charged with receiving sexually explicit photo of 5-year-old girl – from her own mother

N.J. State Police trooper charged with receiving sexually explicit photo of 5-year-old girl – from her own mother

Jeffrey Reitz, a New Jersey State Police trooper, was arrested Thursday on a child pornography charge.

Jeffrey Reitz, a New Jersey State Police trooper, was arrested Thursday on a child pornography charge.

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A New Jersey State Police trooper was arrested Thursday on charges he received a sexually-explicit photo of a 5-year-old girl from the child’s mother, who suggested he should sexually assault the child, the state Office of the Attorney General said.

Jeffrey Reitz, 47, of Williamstown, faces a third-degree charge of possessing child pornography and has been suspended from the State Police, authorities said.

Reitz had an email exchange with the woman on Dec. 31, 2014, during which she suggested he sexually assault her daughter, authorities said.

He asked for a photo of the girl, saying he wanted to see if it would get him sexually aroused, according to his criminal complaint. After receiving the photo, he responded with one word: “Nice,” authorities said.

He also sent the woman photos of his genitals before and after the woman sent the image of the girl, authorities said.

Reitz’s involvement in the email exchange was discovered as a result of evidence seized in a separate investigation by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, authorities said.

The woman pleaded guilty to permitting a child to engage in pornography and was sentenced to seven years in prison. A search of her cellphone revealed the emails to Reitz, authorities said in the complaint.

The trooper, who is assigned to the State Police’s Commercial Carrier Safety Inspection Unit, is currently jailed at the Salem County Correctional Facility.

Reitz’s attorney, Stuart Alterman, said his client is a 15-year veteran with the state police and has served “without incident.”

“I met with my client today. He is going to be entering a plea of not guilty and he should be released very shortly,” Alterman said Thursday afternoon. “We will take whatever necessary steps in order to have him exonerated and restored to his position.”

The trooper’s current salary is $95,198, according to state records.

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$1K reward offered for graffiti vandals who targeted cop car, private property

This Washington Township Police car was spray painted during a spree earlier this week.

This Washington Township Police car was spray painted during a spree earlier this week.

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Authorities have announced a $1,000 reward for the arrest of the graffiti vandal who tagged a police car, other vehicles, street signs and fences in Washington Township, Gloucester County, earlier this week.

The vandalism spree targeted Bells Lake Road and the Tall Oaks and Timber Hills developments sometime between 11 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday, police said.

Washington Township Police PBA and FOP organizations teamed up to offer a $500 reward and a “local supporter of law enforcement” matched that figure.

Anyone with information is asked to call township police at 856-256-1212 or 856-589-0330.

Police called this a priority investigation.

“These individuals have no right to recklessly damage private property of our residents,” police said in a Facebook post. “No right to cause intentional destruction of a Washington Twp. police car and no right to vandalize stop signs, street signs and roadways.”

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No signs of foul play after body found in abandoned Gloucester County house

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A man found dead in an abandoned house in Gloucester County appears to have died in his sleep, authorities said.

Mantua Township police responded to the home on Route 45 near Jackson Road just before 8 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a call about the discovery of a body.

Preliminary investigation revealed nothing suspicious about his death, police said.

An autopsy is planned for this morning.

The man had been in the house for a while, officials said, so an immediate identification was not possible. Authorities are working to confirm his identity.

The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office is assisting in the ongoing investigation.

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Veteran died with no family. He’s getting a funeral with full military honors and everyone’s invited.

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No one should be laid to rest alone. That’s why officials in Gloucester County are calling on the community to help give one decorated U.S. Army veteran the funeral he deserves.

Robert Grala, 70, died of natural causes in January. The Williamstown resident earned several awards after serving in the army for two years in South Korea.

The county board of freeholders is calling on residents to attend Grala’s burial next Monday at the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

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