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Man Arrested on First Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault Charges

December 17, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Thomas McQuillen of the Sea Isle City Police Department announce the arrest of 39-year old Douglas J. Petock, on December 11, 2018 on first degree aggravated sexual assault charges.

On December 7, 2018, the Sea Isle City Police Department received information from the Pennsylvania State Police regarding an ongoing investigation involving Douglas Petock, a resident of 28th Street in Sea Isle City. An investigation was then initiated by Detectives from the Sea Isle City Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit. The investigation revealed Petock allegedly sexually assaulted a female victim over the period of two years in 2017 and 2018.

On December 11, 2018, Douglas Petock was charged with one count (1) of Aggravated Sexual Assault, a crime of the first degree, one (1) count of Sexual Assault, a crime of the second degree, one (1) count of Criminal Sexual Contact, a crime of the fourth degree, and one (1) count of Stalking, a crime of the fourth degree.*

At the time Petock was charged he was currently being lodged at the Cape May County Correctional Center on other charges. On December 11, 2018, Petock was processed for the above listed charges and he was returned to the Cape May County Correctional Center.

Prosecutor Sutherland advises persons convicted of first degree crime are subject to a term of imprisonment of 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. Persons convicted of a second degree crime are subject to a term of imprisonment of 5 to 10 years in State Prison while a fourth degree crime can carry a sentence of up to 18 months.
Prosecutor Sutherland advises this is an on-going investigation and urges anyone who has additional information relating to this investigation to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135, the Sea Isle City Police Department at 609-263-4311, or report it anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers, 609-465-2800.

*Any charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless he is proven guilty.