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 60-year old Stephen Gallagher, a resident of the Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania.
On July 12, 2020, the Sea Isle City Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit initiated a joint investigation concerning sexual contact of a child under the age of 18-years old while on the beach in Sea Isle City, New Jersey.
As a result of this investigation, on August 12, 2020, Stephen Gallagher was charged with one (1) count of Sexual Assault, a crime of the second degree, one (1) count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the third degree. On the same date, Gallagher was arrested and processed for the above listed charges and released pending court proceedings.
Prosecutor Sutherland advises persons convicted of second degree crime are subject to a term of imprisonment of 5 to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison. Persons convicted of a third degree crime are subject to a term of imprisonment of 3 to 5 years in State Prison.
Prosecutor Sutherland 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, 609-889-3597.
* Any charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless he is proven guilty.