A sergeant with the New Jersey State Police is charged with groping a 14-year-old girl and giving her booze while at a Pennsylvania hotel.

According to court documents first obtained by NJ Advance Media, David DeJesus, 45, of Howell was off-duty and attending a wrestling tournament in State College, Pennsylvania on April 22.

Investigators allege DeJesus was drinking by the pool at the Ramada by Wyndham State College Hotel and Conference Center after 8 p.m. when the teen girl first approached him. She was in town with her father for the same tournament.

The girl told police that she asked DeJesus for a drink, which he gave her.

She claims he then invited her into his hotel room, where she drank another beer, and he insisted that she was 18 years old. It was then, she claims, that she told him she was actually 14 and went to school with his daughter.

The girl claims DeJesus was drunk and grabbed her breast under her bikini top.

Following an investigation by State College Borough police, DeJesus was arrested on June 28.

He is facing charges of indecent assault and unlawful contact. The charges are more serious because they involve a minor. He is also charged with giving alcohol to a minor.

DeJesus is free on $27,500 bail and awaits a preliminary hearing on July 13. According to NJ Advance Media, he's been suspended without pay while the matter plays out in court.

Eric Scott is the senior political director and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at eric.scott@townsquaremedia.com

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