Laurence Harbor First Aid Squad Charged With Sexual Offense

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OLD BRIDGE — The captain of the Laurence Harbor First Aid Squad surrendered to police today on charges of improperly touching himself in front of a teenage girl, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Chief William Volkert of the Old Bridge Police Department announced.

Matthew McClelland, 23, of the Laurence Harbor section of Old Bridge was charged with criminal sexual contact, lewdness and harassment after he surrendered at 2:35 p.m. today at Old Bridge Police headquarters.

He surrendered with his attorney, Anthony Palumbo, after being advised that the charges were filed on Sept. 6. McClelland was released from custody after posting $2,500 bail.

The charges were filed after Investigator Karleen Duca of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Detective Richard Tulko of the Old Bridge Police Department determined that McClelland allegedly exposed and improperly touched himself while the girl was at the first aid squad building on July 13.

Several days after the incident, the girl told a friend, who notified squad authorities.

The investigation into the incident is continuing. Authorities are asking anyone with information on this or similar incidents to call Investigator Duca of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-3600, or Detective Tulko of the Old Bridge Police Department at 1-732-721-5600.

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


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