Long Beach Township Police Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Computer Criminal Activity

Jul 17, 2019
Source: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that Gerald W. Traynor, 53, a sergeant in the Long Beach Township Police Department, pleaded guilty today, Thursday, July 11, 2019, to one count of third-degree Computer Criminal Activity.

A sergeant in the Long Beach Township Police Department pleaded guilty last week to one count of third-degree computer criminal activity, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-25c, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer. Gerald W. Traynor, 53, has been suspended from the LBTPD since the date of his arrest on April 1.

The plea “was the result of an extensive investigation conducted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Unit, in cooperation with the Long Beach Township Police Department,” a press release from the prosecutor’s office stated. “During the course of the investigation, detectives determined that Traynor, who is also a practicing attorney on Long Beach Island, accessed secure law enforcement computer terminals for personal reasons” in April 2018.

“Traynor admitted he was aware that the computer databases were intended for law enforcement purposes only,” the release added.

In exchange for his guilty plea, the state will recommend a sentence of non-custodial probation. The plea agreement required that Traynor forfeit his current position with Long Beach Township Police Department as well as any other public employment. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 5. —J.K.-H.

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