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A Middlesex County sheriff’s officer has been suspended from his job after he was arrested earlier this month and charged with aggravated assault for allegedly “hanging” his girlfriend. 

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Rafael Moraels, 41, was arrested New 12 months’s Day in Edison and charged with second-degree aggravated assault after a dispute along with his girlfriend allegedly left her with a swollen eye and bloody lips.

“The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Workplace has been made conscious of the costs which have been introduced towards Sheriff’s Officer Rafael Morales,” Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred Scott stated in an announcement. “Because of the costs, Officer Morales has been suspended from his duties with out pay.  As this entails a personnel matter, the Sheriff’s Workplace can have no additional remark at the moment.”

Edison law enforcement officials responded to a home dispute round three:15 a.m. at a township residence advanced, based on the police report obtained by MyCentralJersey.

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The coming officer, Richard Lorfing, noticed Morales strolling towards him with two younger kids, later recognized as Morales’. Morales knowledgeable the officer that his girlfriend was contained in the residence, based on the report.

Lorfing “observed the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating” from Morales.

He then went inside with two different officers and spoke to the sufferer. 

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The sufferer had “a big swollen welt on the nook” of her left eye, Lorfing famous in his report. “I additionally noticed her to have a bleeding higher lip and decrease lip, and her decrease lip to be swollen,” he wrote.

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The sufferer instructed Lorfing she confronted Morales about his infidelity, which set him off and resulted in “a bodily altercation going down,” based on the report.

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She then knowledgeable Lorfing that Morales was a Middlesex County sheriff’s officer.

The sufferer’s mom, who was additionally within the residence, instructed law enforcement officials that she was upstairs when she heard the sufferer’s daughter “scream for assist.”

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After his arrest, Morales gave officers entry to his gun secure, which contained three handguns, based on the report. The officers retrieved the weapons.

Morales was “extraordinarily compliant” all through the method, Lorfing famous in his report. He was then transported to headquarters to be processed.

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The sufferer requested a restraining order at police headquarters.

Based mostly on the “seriousness” of the sufferer’s accidents, Morales was charged with second-degree aggravated assault.

Morales scored a four on the Ontario Home Violence Danger Evaluation, or ODARA, which is required to be accomplished in home violence instances. Based on state knowledge, solely 13 % of individuals rating a rating of four.

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Morales, a Ok-9 officer, was compelled to have one other sheriff’s officer take possession of his canine.

His wage is $97,225, based on public data.

He has a pre-indictment convention scheduled for Jan. 31 in Superior Court docket.

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Nick Muscavage is a watchdog reporter for the Courier Information, Dwelling Information Tribune and MyCentralJersey.com. To get limitless entry to his investigative work that has uncovered wrongdoing and altered state regulation, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.

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