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Public Works director accused of misconduct ranging from indecent touching to stealing the town’s money: Cops

Authorities in New Jersey say a city official is facing a range of criminal charges related to his service in Gloucester County.

According to NJ.com, 53-year-old Charles M. Bosco served as Franklin Township’s public works director prior to his arrest on Wednesday.

Police say they initially launched an investigation after receiving a report that he had been responsible for “inappropriate sexual behavior or conduct in the workplace.”

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Reports indicate one employee described harassing behavior including the suspect grabbing her breast through her shirt, pressing his penis against her, and smacking her on the rear with a ruler.

She also reportedly told police that Bosco forced her head toward his crotch during one incident. Police allege she was bent over a computer screen at the time and the suspect continued until “her face touched his penis on the outside of his clothing.”

As investigators conducted the resulting probe, they reportedly found evidence that Bosco had also been misusing petty cash within the department. The alleged scheme included selling scrap metal from the department and pocketing the cash for use at restaurants and stores in the area.

Township Administrator Nancy Brent said that the director “is not suspended,” adding that she could not comment further.

Bosco is expected to face criminal charges including two counts of second-degree official misconduct and one fourth-degree count of criminal sexual contact.

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