Former Woodbridge Police Officer Convicted Of Sexual Assault

It took about four hours for jurors to find Douglas Karlson guilty of aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault. It was the third time that Karlson, 48, was tried on these charges. The first trial ended in a hung jury, while the second time resulted in a conviction that was overturned.

In July 2006, Karlson was tried on charges involving the boy as well as charges involving a 15-year-old girl. The officer was convicted of official misconduct and three counts of child endangerment for taking provocative photos of the girl, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict on the charges involving the boy. Five months later, he was retried and convicted.

In August, an appeals panel overturned both convictions, arguing that the prosecutor’s office should not have included both cases in the same indictment.

After the verdict was read, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Christie Bevacqua said, “We believe justice has been served.”

“I’m sure the victim will be satisfied with the verdict,” she said.

Karlson’s attorney said that his client would appeal.

Sentencing on these charges is scheduled for Sept. 21. Karlson also faces trial on the charges involving the girl, but no date has been set.

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