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Chuck Cusack is charged with second degree sexual contact.

A retired Ocean City police officer who is in his second season as a superintendent of the city's beach tag operations was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree sexual contact with a beach tag inspector.

Charles Cusack, 49, was arrested by city police about 4:30 p.m. Saturday while on duty, Capt. Steven Ang said. Cusack was transported to the Ocean City Police Department, his place of employment until his 2011 retirement.

Cusack, who resides in Egg Harbor Township, was charged with second-degree criminal sexual contact with a female under the age of 18 who was under his supervision, Ang said. He was released after he posted $150,000 bond.

Ang said Cusack has been suspended from his city post pending outcome of the investigation.

Ang said the alleged sexual contact occurred over a period of time, but he declined to be more specific.

"It's an embarrassment to the city and to the Ocean City Police Department, but we're more concerned about protecting the victim and the victim's family," Ang said.

A condition of Cusack's release was that he have no contact with anyone in the beach tag program, Ang said.

As part of his duties during 25 years in the OCPD, Cusack worked as a bicycle officer for about a year in the community policing division, which has close interaction with Ocean City High School, Ang said. Cusack also worked at the high school as a school resource officer in the two years before he retired from the police department, said Michael Stanton, Ocean City schools solicitor.

The schools then hired Cusack in fall 2011 to replace a retiring "supervisory aide" in the high school, Stanton said. In the hourly security position, Cusack "acted as a presence" in hallways and throughout the school. He was employed under contract from Jan. 3 through June 30. His contract was not renewed because the position was eliminated, Stanton said. 

Cusack has three daughters and had been separated from his wife at the time of his arrest.

Second-degree sexual contact encompasses sexual contact with a victim at least 13 but less than 16 years old (with a suspect at least four years older than the victim) or with a victim at least 16 but less than 18 years old and the suspect has supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim. Sexual contact means, at minimum, the intentional touching of intimate parts for sexual gratification.

Second-degree offenses are subject to sentences of five to 10 years in state prison.

A news release from Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor indicated that the alleged victim is between the ages of 16 and 18 but included little other detail.

The case will be investigated by the prosecutor's Major Crimes Unit because of Cusack's employment with Ocean City, Taylor said.

A call to Cusack's cell phone is answered by a message that says the number has been changed or is out of service.

The beach fee staff was advised of the situation at group meetings on Sunday morning.

“I don’t have the words to express my outrage over this matter," Mayor Jay Gillian said. "My primary concern is the safety and well-being of our team members. I have directed my staff to make certain that these young people know they have our support in every regard in the days ahead.” 

The city has arranged for counseling to be made available to any member of the beach fee staff who requests it.

David Elliott will manage the beach tag program for the remainder of the season, according to Ocean City Business Administrator Mike Dattilo. Elliott has worked at all levels of the program beginning as a beach tag inspector eight summers ago. He is an Ocean City resident.

Update: As of Wednesday, Aug. 8, the Cape May County Superior Court Criminal Division said no attorney has entered an appearance on behalf of Cusack, and no arraignment is scheduled. The case is still in the complaint stage.

junior September 01, 2012 at 11:02 PM
thats the way it is in ocean city and all over the world watch him get 1 yr in prison.
junior September 01, 2012 at 11:07 PM
believe me if it was me i wouldnt have bail .he was a cop who knows how many more victims are still out there wut if it was one of your family members think about that not the 911 calls he answered.
Jack Bumpus September 02, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Former OC Student, you hit the nail on the head. This is a family oriented community founded on Christian principals??? Sure it is, what a bunch of hypocites!!!! I'm not a bibilical scholar but isn't there something about let he who casts the first stone... Be careful some of the "good" people in this town apparently would sell their own mothers out if it gave them the opportunity to be heard on this public forum. What a joke, and the best part is these same people probably pass you on the street and smile.
Jennifer March 06, 2014 at 12:20 PM
I know I'm a little late to this party, but I love how out of every single one of these comments, not one person has mentioned the possibility of this girl CONSENTING to said sexual contact.. ! You're all so quick to light the torch and grab your pitchforks.. never even crossed your mind that maybe she wanted it????
Colonel March 07, 2014 at 06:44 PM
Jennifer, you are indeed late to this party. Not only did this girl consent to have sex with this guy, she was bragging to some of her friends that she was. It's these stupid laws that make you guilty because they are under 18 years old. Today's 18 is a joke. It's like yesterday's 13. 18 year old's today are far, far more promiscuous than their parents ever were.

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