Former Woodbridge Police Officer Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Teen Boy

NEW BRUNSWICK — A former Woodbridge police officer was found guilty today of sexually assaulting a teenage boy over a three-year period, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced.

Douglas Karlson, 52, of Old Bridge was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault after a jury deliberated about three hours today in New Brunswick.

Karlson faces up to 20 years in prison under New Jersey statute when he is sentenced at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz on Dec. 10.

Ferencz revoked Karlson’s $250,000 bail following the conviction and remanded the defendant to the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick to await sentencing.

During a trial that began with jury selection on Sept. 11, Middlesex County Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Christie L. Bevacqua presented evidence that Karlson repeatedly sexually assaulted the teenage boy at the defendant’s home in Old Bridge on various occasions between June 1994 and June 1998, beginning when the boy was 14 years old.

The conviction marks the third time Karlson has been found guilty in the case. He was convicted of the offenses following trial in 2006 and in 2009, but was granted retrials by the Appellate Division of Superior Court in 2008 and 2011.

Karlson was suspended from the Woodbridge Police Department following his arrest in May 2005 and later was dismissed from his job.


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