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Indictment: Hammonton police sergeant assaulted woman

Hammonton police sergeant Samuel Mavilla, 46, was indicted after he allegedly assaulted a woman inside her home in Folsom, New Jersey.

A Hammonton, N.J., police sergeant accused of assaulting a woman in August was indicted this week.

Samuel Mavilla, 46, was initially arrested Aug. 2 in connection with the incident, reported to have occurred inside the victim's home in Folsom the day before. Investigators declined to detail the nature of the allegations. The victim's identity was not disclosed.

An Atlantic County grand jury on Tuesday indicted Mavilla on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault causing bodily injury, criminal restraint, terroristic threats, possession of a knife for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon, the county prosecutor's office announced Friday.

Each charge carries a maximum possible penalty of five years in New Jersey state prison, save that of unlawful weapons possession, which carries up to 18 months.

Mavilla joined the Hammonton Police Department 22 years ago and most recently supervised a program aimed at gathering intelligence about illegal drug sales, according to his LinkedIn page.

He was suspended with pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation, The Press of Atlantic City reported in August. A trial date had not yet been set, as of Friday afternoon.

Mavilla was held in the Atlantic County Jail after his arrest in August but released after posting $50,000 full cash bail.

In October, he posted to LinkedIn that he was seeking employment, as he was "pending retirement" and wanted to supplement his income.