North Plainfield police officer indicted for sexual assault

A Union County grand jury has returned a three-count indictment against a North Plainfield police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a hotel in Kenilworth last year, acting Union County Prosecutor Ann M. Luvera announced Thursday.

Mike Jean-Baptiste, 29, is charged with second-degree sexual assault, second-degree official misconduct, and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact.   

The Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit investigation into this matter was initiated by a referral from the Kenilworth Police Department, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Peterson, who is prosecuting the case. The investigation revealed that Jean-Baptiste first encountered the adult victim while on duty on March 2, 2017 and allegedly sexually assaulted her later that night at The Kenilworth, a hotel just off the Garden State Parkway, Peterson said.

Jean-Baptiste was taken into custody without incident in North Plainfield in July 2017 and lodged in Union County Jail.

Anyone with information about this alleged incident or other actions involving Jean-Baptiste is still urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Lt. Patricia Gusmano at 908-527-4630.

Convictions on charges of this nature are commonly punishable by terms of five to 10 years in state prison and registry as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

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