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December 12, 2015

South Jersey police officer indicted for allegedly assualting woman

Sergeant charged with bodily injury, terroristic threats

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A Hammonton police sergeant has been indicted on charges he assualted a woman at her home, proescutors announced Friday.

New Jersey authorities say a grand jury decided Tuesday a case against Samuel C. Mavilla could go foward on counts 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.

Atlantic County Proescutors said in a release the indictment stems from an Aug. 1 incident that occured at a Buena Vista Township home.

State Police launched an investigation which led to the arrest of Mavilla, 46 of Williamstown, who was eventually released on $50,000 bail pending court.

According to, a police spokesperson said Mavilla was not on duty at the time of the alleged assault and township officials did not respond to requests for comments on his empoyment status.

In October, after the incident allegedly happened, a LinkedIn user who goes by the name Sam Mavilla and claims to be a sergeant with the Hammonton Police Department published a letter on the social media site seeking employment.

The user writes he was expecting to retire soon and would like to supplement his income, citing experience in defense and interrogation techniques as qualifications for a job in dispatching positions or investigative work.

If convicted, each charge against Mavilla carries potential terms of between 18 months and 5 years.