Ex-NJ sheriff’s officer indicted for recording sexual assaults of women

How was someone like this hired in the first place?

A former New Jersey sheriff’s officer has been indicted on charges he videotaped himself sexually assaulting three unconscious women, authorities said Monday.

Joshua Padilla, a 36-year-old ex-cop for the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, was indicted Friday on eight counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and other charges following his February 2019 arrest, Monmouth County prosecutors said Monday.

Padilla, who was being investigated at the time by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, was found in possession of numerous videos showing himself performing sex acts on women who were “clearly unconscious and unresponsive,” according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey.

Padilla, who was accused of assaulting his victims in Middlesex County and at his Eatontown home, also allegedly recorded himself having sex with a 17-year-old girl in Pennsylvania and later uploaded footage online, Linskey said.

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