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Ongoing Investigation – Invasion of Privacy, Child Pornography, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child

September 18, 2020

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland along with Chief Christopher Leusner of the Middle Township Police Department announce an ongoing investigation into Gregory Mahley, 51 years old, of West Deptford, NJ, for Invasion of Privacy, Child Pornography, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

On September 9, 2020, the Gloucester Township Police Department arrested Gregory Mahley after mirrors were found girls bathroom stalls at the Glen Landing Middle School in Gloucester Township, NJ. Mahley was charged with second-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Manufacturing of Child Pornography), third degree Invasion of Privacy, and third-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Possession of Child Pornography).* Mahley was then lodged in the Camden County Correctional Center. Continue reading

Additional Charges and Arrest Made in Sexual Assault Case

September 17, 2020

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland along with Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police announce the arrests of 78 year old Carol Allen of Belleplain, New Jersey, 30 year old Willis Allen Jr. of Belleplain, New Jersey and 32 year old Vincent Allen of New Brunswick, New Jersey.

The initial investigation began in July of 2019, when a juvenile victim reported being sexually assaulted by two male individuals, Willis Allen Jr., and Ryan Roach at a residence on Tarkiln Road in Belleplain, New Jersey. As a result of this investigation, Willis Allen Jr. was charged on 7/19/20, with Aggravated Sexual Assault, a crime of the first degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the third degree.* (Willis Allen Jr. was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Center, but was later released pending court proceedings.) Ryan Roach was charged on 12/3/19, with Aggravated Sexual Assault, a crime of the first degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the third degree.* (31 year old Ryan Roach is currently incarcerated in the Cape May County Correctional Center pending court proceedings.) Continue reading

Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Critical Incident Community Briefing Video

August 24, 2020

Cape May County Prosecutor Sutherland has released a Critical Incident Community Briefing video. This video was prepared at the conclusion of an investigation conducted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. The incident occurred on the 3700 block of Pacific Avenue in Wildwood, New Jersey on July 12, 2020.

This investigation was focused on the legal standards of use of force to effectuate an arrest.

This video can be found at: https://youtu.be/ah_1WR1Rqs4

Man Charged with Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child

August 13, 2020

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. Continue reading

Death Investigation in Cape May

August 3, 2020

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Anthony Marino of the Cape May Police Department announce a joint investigation into the death of an Erma man whose body was discovered in the surf in the area of Philadelphia Avenue in the City of Cape May.

On August 2, 2020 at 8:44 PM, the Cape May Police Department received a call of an unresponsive person in the water in the area of Jefferson Street and the beach. Patrol units immediately responded and conducted a search of the area but were unsuccessful in locating the unresponsive male. Detectives from the Cape May Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. Continue reading

Use of Force Investigation

July 13, 2020

The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office is conducting a preliminary investigation regarding a police incident in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 12, between 3:00 and 3:30am on the 3700 Block of Pacific Avenue in the City of Wildwood. The object of the preliminary investigation is to determine whether the actions of the arresting officer or officers potentially violated NJS 2C:3-7, Use of Justifiable Force to effect an arrest, or any other related criminal statutes. We are asking that any member of the general public who has video or photographic footage of the events please contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Professional Standards Unit at (609) 465-1135.

July 4th Holiday – Statement from Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association President

July 2, 2020

Press Release – July 4th Holiday – Statement by Chief Paul S. Skill, President of the Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association

The July Fourth holiday is always an exciting time, especially here in Cape May County. With the unfortunate COVID-19 limitations placed on businesses and events because of the danger of getting infected or infecting our fellow residents and visitors, the crowds of people may have fewer places to go to, or the locations may have much more limited capacities. Governor Murphy recently rescinding the opening of indoor restaurants primarily out of concern for recent COVID outbreaks in other states and because of scenes this past weekend of overcrowded outdoor bars and outdoor restaurants in New Jersey. The Governor did so because it has been determined that most of the spike in infections in other states came as a result of the opening of indoor restaurants and bars. No one wants to see the situation in New Jersey get to the point where the Governor orders the closure of outdoor dining or possibly other activities. Continue reading

July 4th Holiday – Statement by Prosecutor Sutherland

July 1, 2020

Press Release – July 4th Holiday – Statement by County Prosecutor, Jeffrey H. Sutherland

The week surrounding July 4th is one of the busiest weeks in Cape May County. Unfortunately, Governor Murphy revised Executive Order 157 and issued Executive Order 158 rescinding the opening of indoor restaurants primarily out of concern for recent COVID outbreaks related to indoor activities in other states that had previously allowed the opening of indoor restaurants and bars and because of scenes this past weekend of overcrowded outdoor bars and restaurants in New Jersey.

Outdoor restaurants and bars are allowed to remain open, subject to strict social distancing guidelines. It is important that all restaurant and bar owners and operators adhere to the Executive Order guidelines and make sure that their patrons comply. Continue reading

Statement by County Prosecutor, Jeffrey H. Sutherland

May 20, 2020

Press Release – Statement by County Prosecutor, Jeffrey H. Sutherland

Every Memorial Day Weekend, Cape May County is prepared to see a large influx of people coming to kick-off the summer season and enjoy the many attractions in our area. It is an important time for our business community to expand or begin operations and prepare for the summer season. With many of the COVID-19 restrictions continuing, it is a confusing time for business owners and patrons, especially if the business is opening for the season and has not already dealt with the restrictions. Continue reading

CARA and Cape May County Forensic Nurse Examiners Are Concerned About You

April 29, 2020