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A Piscataway police officer allegedly assaulted someone while in custody and tried to cover up the altercation last week, authorities said. Todd Ritter, 54, of Millstone, was charged Wednesday with tampering with public records, falsifying and tampering with records and assault, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said in a release. Ritter is a police officer in Piscataway. While on duty, Ritter allegedly hit the suspect who was being detained in a police car on February 12 and filed false records with inaccurate information to try and hide the incident, Carey said. Ritter — who joined the force in 1996 and is paid $120,948 annually, according to pension records — has been suspended without pay as a result of the charges, township police Chief Scott Cartmell said in the release. The Monmouth County man is due in court on March 15, according to the release.
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