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Ridgewood Police Officer Charged with Luring a 15 Year old and Drug Possession

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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.

26 thoughts on “Ridgewood Police Officer Charged with Luring a 15 Year old and Drug Possession

  1. what a shame..we support our police in all ways including
    great pay and benefits but where was the supervision here ?

    who is a accountable for his supervision if this allegation
    ends up to be True,.?

  2. Waldwick? Don’t they have to be residents of Ridgewood to become a police officer?

  3. A sex offender on steroids? Seems our screening process for new police hires should be looked at.

  4. No they dont have to be residents of Ridgewood.

  5. Hiring preference for Ridgewood is all.

  6. Wow his head is swollen and round. Did anyone accuse him of obvious steroid use previously?

  7. I think you can have background checks and supervision galore but how can you possibly know everything about a person? He’s a 27 year old guy using Tinder like so many others. It’s kind of scary in the sense that there’s NO way to know what people are doing or are really like. It’s too bad to have a stain on the RPD because in general it seems like we have a mostly good department.

  8. My job requires mandatory random drug test. Not just pre-hire.
    Should be the same for cop, judge, lawyers, teachers , doctors.
    He could have been a resident when he got hired, then moved to waldwick .
    We have a good PD. Just one bad apple who will no longer work here,

  9. He grew up in Ridgewood and went to RHS. I don’t think there was any way for his supervisor to know what he was up to on Tinder or any personal dating thing. Very sad no matter how you look at it. Also I would agree that Police should keep being drug tested but not sure that would find steroids.

  10. Seems young Petey was thinking with the wrong head as far as being a resident the game gets played all the time if you want a job as a police officer or fireman you need to use an address. The previous chief had two sons on the Pd. And they lived in Vernon or Sussex they either got an address to use or a cheap room or apartment till the process was complete.Im sure Petey did the same. Oh and by the way The Village has an anti nepotism policy in effect start looking at last names you’ll see.

  11. And you choose to work in a place where you have no rights and your employer can randomly do as he pleases. And you signed up voulerrally.

  12. Do we still have to pay his pension for the next 40 years?

  13. The nepotism law is totally bullshit.

  14. If the allegations are true is he pleads guilty (or is convicted at trial), then he should be ordered to REPAY HIS SALARY TO THE TAXPAYERS!

  15. Assuming he gets found guilty or takes a plea bargain:
    First time offender?
    Does he get pti like the coin collector ?
    Does he get a stricter penalty since he’s held to a higher standard as a cop?
    Or does he get to walk,less his job, pension, and reputation.?
    Stay tuned. It will be interesting .

  16. He must be fired and stripped of all benefits or else it won’t help the remaining officers & municipal employees learn from this pervert’s shockingly bad choices.

    PS. Why was he living in Waldwick at age 28? I thought the RPD had a residency requirement for the first ten years after hiring? He was hired at 18? Which makes him pensionable at 43?

  17. Headshot suggests he’s also a steroid junkie

  18. Drugs, luring, underage sex…. this is what we get for avg salaries over $125,000 with lifetime benefits including 65% of final salary pensions after 25 years of service (avg PFRS retiree is 52 in NJ), and platinum healthcare until 65?

    He abused his authority and position of trust. #MeToo

  19. He looks like He is stoned. Anyone who carries a gun should be drug tested once a month. He should not be fired they should put him on the garbage truck. That will be worse than any punishment. In the cold, in the rain, in the heat, in the snow, in the ice, Dealing with a dirty smelly garbage. Oh yeah, that would be great. He would cry .

  20. The Ridgewood refuse teams are hard workers and exhibit
    hustle and determination to complete a very difficult job everyday in very cold wet and high temperature. I for one value you them for what they do and we should e generous to them ESP in summer heat with cold water and support.

    whoever runs this department should be elected mayor .

    no talk just performance ..l

  21. He’ll get a slap on the wrist, as they’ll reduce the charges making for a sweetheart plea deal. They protect their own (law enforcement & D.A.). Dipsh*T will probably have another law enforcement job before year end.

  22. Kids in high school are routinely tested for drugs, but gun-wielding cops…nope, “too expensive,” “too hard,” blah blah. The hypocrisy is amazing.

    And for the folks who cry that it’s “just one bad apple,” how do you know? No one knows what crimes other people are committing until they are caught.

    I advocate for monthly drug screening for ANYONE on a job that’s paid by us, the taxpayers.

  23. …… Fire department also going all volunteer soon…

    Yup, when all of the Retirement Fund Manager PIGS 🐷 learn to Fly!

  24. I agree with the comment that we should be happy to have the great sanitation men that we have. They are all terrific guys who often go beyond their job requirements when picking up the garbage. We should offer cold water during the summer if you are home to hear them come.
    Secondly, why do you think our fire department is going all volunteer? It would cost you a lot more on your home insurance if they were not paid. They have a speedy response time which is often not true for volunteers. Also, many “volunteer” towns have hydrants that are far apart if they have them at all. Swimming pool water is often the only close source. And you rarely read or hear that “the house was totaled” in Ridgewood!

  25. We are still waiting for your application to be a a volunteer Firefighter, or are you all talk and no action! Oh wait I just realized you expect someone else to volunteer so you can save a few dollars on your property taxes. You make Scrooge look good.

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