OFFICE OF THE
UNION COUNTY
PROSECUTOR
FOR EMERGENCIES, DIAL 911 Immediately 

Andrew K. RuOTOLO, JR. Justice CENTER
32 Rahway Avenue, elizabeth, NJ 07202

908-527-4500    ucpo@ucnj.org
Lyndsay V. Ruotolo
Acting Prosecutor

Press Release

For Immediate Release: November 1, 2017

A Union County grand jury has returned a two-count indictment against a corrections officer charged in connection with the physical assault of a Union County Jail inmate last year, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour announced Wednesday.

Lawrence Bethke, 39, of Roselle is charged with second-degree official misconduct and third-degree aggravated assault.

On Saturday, June 18, 2016, Bethke and an inmate engaged in a verbal dispute that escalated to violence, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Rosenthal, who is prosecuting the case.

The matter was investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Prosecutions Unit and the Union County Police Department with assistance from the Union County Department of Corrections.

Convictions on second-degree criminal charges are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.