Sheriff's officer charged with assault faces weapons charge

Middlesex County sheriff's officer Neil Raciti, who is accused of assaulting a woman, now faces weapons charges.

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NEW BRUNSWICK - A Middlesex County sheriff's officer accused of assaulting a woman now faces weapons charges.

The county prosecutor says that 47-year-old Neil Raciti of Milltown is charged with possession of an assault weapon and possession of a high-capacity magazine.

Police say they found an assault rifle with the trigger mechanism removed and nine loaded magazine clips in Raciti's home. Officials say Raciti was charged because he had failed to properly register the weapon.

The Middlesex County sheriff's officer was charged on Sunday with aggravated assault stemming from an attack that sent a woman to a hospital with a fracture. He was off-duty at the time.

Raciti has served in the sheriff's office for 14 years.

It's not known if he has a lawyer who can comment on the charges.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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