Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Prosecutor: New Jersey police officer arrested on charge of attempted sex assault of girl, 12

PATERSON, N.J. - A New Jersey police officer sent a 12-year-old girl explicit photos of himself in uniform and tried to set up a sexual encounter with her, days after meeting the girl while assisting her family in an unrelated police matter, authorities said Wednesday.

Woodland Park Police Officer Steven Vigorito Jr. pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges ranging from attempted aggravated sexual assault to luring and enticing a child. He was being held on $250,000 bail following his arrest while on duty Tuesday night.

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes said the girl's mother complained to the police department on Monday that the officer had made inappropriate comments to her daughter, had given her his private cellphone number and had asked her to text him. Woodlawn Park Police Chief Anthony Galietti said they immediately contacted the prosecutor's office, whose detectives posed as the girl and started exchanging texts with Vigorito.

The texts became increasingly explicit over the course of several days, prosecutors said. Vigorito eventually texted the girl photographs in which he was exposing himself while wearing his police uniform and arranged to meet her for a sexual encounter, prosecutors alleged.

The girl was never in harm's way, and never exchanged texts with the officer, Valdes said.

"What is so disturbing about this, is the person who was to assist the family, ends up preying on the family," Valdes said.

The 39-year-old Vigorito has been with the police department for 12 years in Woodland Park, a small suburb about 15 miles from Manhattan. The town, known until a recent voter-approved name change as West Paterson, is a bucolic, leafy borough of neatly landscaped homes adjacent to Paterson, a grittier, more industrialized urban neighbor.

Vigorito was arrested Tuesday night in the police station while on the night shift, according to Galietti, who said the patrolman was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

The arrest of one of the 25 officers on the force had shaken the small department, Galietti said.

"It's very upsetting, when you have one of your own do something like this. It's very upsetting," he said. Galietti added that department officials had acted immediately upon receiving the family's complaint about the officer, and had no hesitation in alerting the prosecutor's office.

"When this came to light we went into it head-on. We didn't care if it was one of our own," he said. "I'm the father of five kids, and this is wrong. It's a very inappropriate situation. Unfortunately, he (Vigorito) had a badge at the time."


Anonymous said...

What'd you expect from a damn DAGO?

Anonymous said...

If the public only knew what type of deviants worked at their local PDs.

Anonymous said...

The 12 year old told him she was 21 and had a box lunch for him!

Anonymous said...

What the fuck, 12 is legal in Mexico and Chicongo.

Anonymous said...

Tales of the WOP!!

Anonymous said...

Make way for GUIDO!!

Anonymous said...

oh mama mia, dat sure a bigga tasty meat ball.

Anonymous said...

Justice is blind! but sometime she peeks said...

Motion to dismiss your honor?

Dis I gotta hear, proceed!

We have proof the defendant; has no brain, pens or Chinaman!

Is dat all?

No! May we approach in Chambers your honor"

Bailiff? Honor"Will e anyone please rise?"

The prosecution and the defense agree: Look zt her! She'so hot?

I agree. case will be dismissed? Bailiff!
What do we need him for your honor?

One, I've got a long black robe.
Two. The bailiff is gay and he can turn out the lights if she bends over again to pick up her purse when the verdick is rendered
Three. I can get out of her before we have to prosecute half the spectators with Officer Harry Palms! Besides, her father and three of her older brothers have Twelve Gauges six teeth between them and are in the back of of Harry's pick up with the camper on the back!

Unless you two and the defendant have a better idea how all three of you and half the spectators will do when He says: "will everyone please rise ?".

I Voted For Obama said...

Sick Fuck.