Gov. Phil Murphy and State Police Superintendent Col. Pat Callahan sought to minimize a media report suggesting the latter stepped in to quash sexual assault allegation against the son of a politically-connected family.
“This matter was heavily covered. This predates us, and at the time, the Sussex County prosecutor made a decision not to bring any charges,” Murphy said. “It was ultimately a labor grievance, and there’s no evidence whatsoever that there was any inappropriate involvement by Col. Callahan.”
Newsweek on Tuesday reported that Callahan, who was deputy superintendent of operations at the time, stepped into the matter after state troopers from a station in Sussex County urged the State Police Official Corruption Bureau to probe the matter.
That probe went nowhere, though Callahan in deposition documents obtained by Newsweek said that may have been because the matter was forwarded to the State Police Corruption Bureau and not public corruption branch of the Division of Criminal Justice within the Office of the Attorney General.
The officers were moved to different stations and later filed suits claiming retaliation over the corruption complaint.
“Unfortunately, as we all well know, sometimes when you reach a certain point in your career, baseless accusations are leveled at you,” Callahan said Wednesday. “I knew that signing up.”