NEW BRUNSWICK — A sheriff’s officer has been charged with falsely reporting an incident and wrongly charging a woman with assaulting him following a hearing in Family Court, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Sheriff Mildred S. Scott announced today.
Lawrence Madigan, 51, of Jamesburg was charged on Wednesday, Nov. 14 with submitting a false report, false swearing and tampering with public records, all third and fourth degree offenses. He also was charged with two disorderly persons offenses: filing a false report and simple assault of the woman.
Madigan was charged following an investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department, which determined he assaulted the woman and then falsely charged that she had resisted arrest and assaulted him.
The incident occurred on Aug. 1, following a Family Court hearing in New Brunswick. The woman, a 38-year-old South Amboy resident, had attended the hearing and was leaving the courtroom when Madigan called her back into the courtroom.
On her way to the courtroom, Madigan allegedly grabbed her by the arm and, when she pulled away, threw her to the floor and handcuffed her.
He subsequently charged her with committing an aggravated assault upon a police officer and resisting arrest, but those charges were dismissed by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office as a result of the investigation.
Madigan has been suspended without pay and was released on his own recognizance pending the outcome of the charges.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Madigan are accusations and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.