Cranford Police Officer Accused Of Assaulting Woman

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CRANFORD — A Cranford police officer was arrested over the weekend and charged with fourth degree criminal sexual contact and second degree official misconduct, authorities announced today.

Following an investigation by the internal affairs bureau of the Cranford Police Department, Brian Thomas, 37, turned himself into authorities on Friday, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow.


Thomas is accused of assaulting a woman while on duty and in uniform on June 22, but officials did not release any details of the alleged incident.

Chief Eric Mason of the Cranford Police Department said Thomas, a 12-year veteran of the department and a 16-year member of law enforcement, was suspended without pay following his arrest.

Thomas was lodged in the Union County Jail on $150,000 bail, authorities said.

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