New Jersey is a “guilty until proven innocent” state, a state Attorney General who says he will not prosecute anyone who has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol or prescription medication.
The New Jersey attorney general’s announcement comes just days after a judge ordered Fort Myers police officer Ryan McCall to stay away from the home of a Fort Myers woman who has accused him of being an escort.
The state’s top cop is using a “very serious matter” to seek to hold him accountable, state Attorney Gen. Jeffrey T. Schneiderman said Tuesday.
The officer, Ryan McCalla, is charged with assaulting a woman who was intoxicated and had been drinking at his home on March 15.
The woman, now in her 40s, filed a police report in February saying she was walking her dog when McCall allegedly grabbed her arm and pushed her back against a door.
The woman told police McCall then shoved her back into the living room.
Police initially said the woman did not make a report to authorities about the incident, but she later told a detective that McCall grabbed her leg.
McCall was fired on Monday after an internal affairs investigation determined he assaulted the woman, according to a police department statement.
Schneiderman, who is also the attorney general for the state’s 2nd Judicial District, said Tuesday he will seek criminal charges against McCall.
A spokesman for the attorney chief said Tuesday the office is still investigating the incident.
The Associated Press has not confirmed the reports of an assault on McCall but the Fort Myers Police Department said he is not a police officer and was not employed by the department at the time of the alleged assault.
Schnecker’s office did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Police say McCall was working as a reserve officer on a private security detail for the Fort Wayne police department when he allegedly assaulted the Fort Worth woman on March 16.
The Fort Myers city attorney’s office says a complaint was filed with the city attorney on March 22 and McCall has been charged with one count of assault and one count each of reckless endangerment, harassment and disorderly conduct.