Jail Administrator Charged With Sexual Assault

NEW BRUNSWICK — The assistant director of the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center was charged Thursday with sexually assaulting a woman 11 years ago when she was being held at the county’s youth detention center, announced Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Edmond C. Cicchi, warden at the facility.

Derick Stevens, 39, of Burlington Township also was charged with hindering his apprehension and witness tampering, after investigators determined that he allegedly asked the woman not to talk to authorities about the sexual assault and offered her money to remain silent on Dec. 5, 2011.

Stevens, who has worked for the Middlesex County Office of Adult Corrections and Youth Services since Aug. 19, 1996, was suspended from his $70,291-a-year job without pay on Dec. 8, after the woman reported the sexual assault.

He surrendered to investigators on Thursday at the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department in New Brunswick.

The charges were filed against Stevens following an investigation by Sgt. Paul DeAmicis of the Middlesex County Office of Adult Corrections and Youth Services, and Investigator Karleen Duca of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

During the investigation, it was determined that Stevens and the woman allegedly had sexual relations at the youth detention center in North Brunswick on one occasion between Sept., 25 and Oct. 23, 2000.

Stevens was working at the detention center at the time as a juvenile detention officer. He was charged with sexual assault, since he had a supervisory role over the woman, who was 21 years old at the time. She was being held at the center on a prior juvenile offense.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the case to contact Sgt. DeAmicis of the Middlesex County Office of Adult Corrections and Youth Services at 1-732-297-3636, or Investigator Duca of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-3600.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Stevens are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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