Prosecutors: New Jersey police officer tried to meet 'teen girl' for sex

Posted: Updated:
WALDWICK -

Authorities say a Ridgewood police officer who thought he was communicating online with a 15-year-old girl set up a meeting so they could have sex.

According to Bergen County prosecutors, Peter Tuchol Jr., 28, was arrested Monday at his Waldwick home and charged with luring, attempted sexual assault, attempted child endangerment and three drug charges related to the possession of anabolic steroids.

The arrest was made public Tuesday.

Tuchol was suspended from the Ridgewood Police Department following his arrest.

It wasn't known Tuesday if he's retained an attorney.

Prosecutors say an undercover detective posing as the teen started having online conversations last Thursday with Tuchol. During these conversations, they say Tuchol arranged to meet with the teen so they could have sex.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."