Suspended Keansburg, NJ Police Officer pleads guilty to attempted sexual assault of unconscious woman
A suspended Keansburg Police Officer has admitted to trying to sexually assault an unconscious woman months after being sworn into the department as a Class II Officer.
Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Wednesday that 25-year-old Nicholas Thompson, 25, has pleaded guilty to a second-degree charge of Attempted Aggravated Sexual Assault and that it's expected he'll lose his job and head to prison for several years.
Thompson was arrested and charged in early October of 2021 at which time Keansburg Police Chief Wayne Davis announced his suspension without pay pending the outcome of the investigation, case.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office team investigating the report learned that Thompson was in a private residence and sexually assaulted the woman while she was unconscious and incapable of consent.
Following his guilty plea, which Acting Prosecutor Linskey said was reached after the victim was consulted, Thompson will no longer be allowed to work in public office, must register as a sex offender under Megan's Law, be under parole supervision for life and serve 4-years in state prison with 85 percent of the term to be served prior to the possibility of parole under New Jersey’s No Early Release Act.
“Police officers are expected to be held to a higher standard of conduct, on duty and off – and should never bring harm to others,” Acting Prosecutor Linskey said in a written statement. “We feel that this plea agreement provides justice to our victim and renders the appropriate outcome for an inexcusable act. The actions of this defendant do not reflect the diligent efforts of our county’s law enforcement officers, who safeguard and serve their communities each and every day.”
This case was assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Melanie Falco, Director of the Office’s Professional Responsibilities and Bias Crime Unit.
Thompson has been represented by Mitchell Ansell, Esq., with an office in Ocean Township.