TRENTON - A former county sheriff is accused of taking bribes and could end up behind bars.

According to the state attorney general's office, former Middlesex County Sheriff Joe Spicuzzo earned more than $120,000 in 2009. The state attorney general says that the paycheck apparently wasn't enough.

The attorney general's office says it charged Spicuzzo with soliciting at least $50,000 in bribes in return for appointing people to jobs in his sheriff's office during his time in office.

Spicuzzo left office last year and resigned from his post as Middlesex County Democratic Party chairman today.

The current Middlesex County sheriff spoke to News 12 New Jersey, but wouldn't comment on the situation, except to say her office is cooperating with state police. Spicuzzo had been sheriff for nearly 30 years.

He must appear before a Middlesex County judge next week.