Patrick D. Joyce, Jr., 35, of West Long Branch, a Long Branch Police Officer for 12 years, has been charged with fourth-degree Criminal Sexual Contact and Harassment, a petty disorderly persons offense, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.
The charges are the result of an incident that occurred on February 1 at Jack’s Goal Line Stand during a private party celebrating the promotions of 12 Long Branch Officers. MMM was the first to report on the incident and the investigation.
It is alleged that at the private party Joyce inappropriately touched a 21-year-old woman without her consent for his own sexual arousal or gratification.
As a result of these charges, Joyce has been suspended by the Long Branch Police Department.
Joyce is scheduled to make his first appearance in Monmouth County Superior Court on March 15, 2019.
If convicted of Criminal Sexual Contact, Joyce faces up to 18 months in state prison.
If convicted of Harassment, Joyce faces up to 30 days in the county jail.
Joyce has been previously convicted of a disorderly persons offense and was suspended for one year.