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Ridgewod NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of PETER J. TUCHOL, JR. (DOB: 5/13/1990; single; and employed as a Ridgewood police officer) of 42 Zazzetti Street, Waldwick, New Jersey on the charges of Attempted Endangering The Welfare Of A Child, Luring, Attempted Sexual Assault, Possession Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession Of A Prescription Legend Drug, and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.
Beginning on Thursday, April 11, 2019, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit and Task Force engaged in online conversations with Peter J. TUCHOL, JR. who believed he was communicating with a 15-year-old girl. During the exchanges, TUCHOL, JR. arranged to meet with the purported 15-year-old girl to engage in sex. On Monday, April 15, 2019, detectives executed a search warrant at TUCHOL, JR.’s residence and seized controlled dangerous substances.
As a result of the investigation, Peter J. TUCHOL, JR. was arrested on April 15, 2019 in Ridgewood and charged with one count of Luring, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:13-6(A), a 2nd degree crime; Attempted Sexual Assault, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1(A)/2C:14-2C(4), a 2nd degree crime; Attempted Endangering The Welfare Of A Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1(A)/2C:24-4(A)1, a 3rd degree crime; Possession of A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Anabolic Steroids, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10A(1), a 3rd degree crime; Possession Of A Prescription Legend Drug, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5E(2), a 4th degree crime; and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, namely hypodermic needles, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:36-6A, a Disorderly Persons Offense. TUCHOL, JR. was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack on a date to be determined.
Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Acting Prosecutor Calo also thanks the Waldwick Police Department and the Task Force for their assistance in this investigation.