The Washington Township police officer who this summer cited New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D., Gloucester) for drunken driving has been suspended without pay, a department spokesman confirmed Wednesday.
Officer Joseph DiBuonaventura, a 17-year veteran of the force, pulled Moriarty over on the Black Horse Pike in Turnersville on July 31. Three months later, the legislator filed a criminal complaint alleging that DiBuonaventura lied about the circumstances that led him to question Moriarty. The lawmaker provided video shot from the police cruiser that he said supported his claims.
A municipal judge ruled Oct. 22 there was sufficient cause to support 13 of 27 charges Moriarty sought, including official misconduct, tampering with evidence, and filing a false report. DiBuonaventura was suspended with pay that day.
He was suspended without pay Nov. 26 after a disciplinary hearing was held Nov. 9, the spokesman, Capt. Richard Leonard, said. A representative for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday the office was reviewing the complaints against DiBuonaventura.
- Darran Simon