North Plainfield cop sexually assaulted woman at hotel, prosecutor says
NORTH PLAINFIELD — A police officer who met a woman while on duty is facing charges of sexually assaulting her later that same day, according to the Union County Prosecutor's Office.
Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park said officer Mike Jean-Baptiste, 29, has been charged with second-degree sexual assault for the incident that occurred on March 2. Park said the alleged assault happened at The Kenilworth, a hotel located just off of the Garden State Parkway.
Jean-Baptiste was arrested on Monday afternoon and was held the Union County Jail until his court appearance the next day.
Prosecutors did not publicly reveal Tuesday the circumstances of Jean-Baptiste's encounters with the woman.
If convicted, Jean-Baptiste faces a sentence of five to 10 years in prison.
As a rookie cop in 2014, Jean-Baptiste was credited with saving his trainer from choking.
Department officials did not immediately return a request for comment Tuesday afternoon. New Jersey 101.5 did not know Tuesday whether Jean-Baptiste had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
Park encouraged anyone with information about the case to call Sgt. Patricia Gusmano of the Special Victims Unit at 908-965-3877.
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