A Bayonne City Council candidate was convicted at a U.S. Army court martial in 2008 for having sex with a child, according to a report in the Hudson County View.
Peter Franco, then age 24, was found guilty having sex with a child over age 12 but under age 16. The contact was “by force and without consent,” according to the Hudson County View.
After a court martial, Franco was convicted of one of the three charges against him and was sentenced to a reduction in rank, forfeiture of pay, and three years in confinement, the Hudson County View story said. He was given a bad conduct discharge.
Franco faces incumbent Neil Carroll III, who was appointed earlier this year after Tom Cotter resigned to become Bayonne’s Public Works Director.
The winner will serve the remaining 32 months of Cotter’s term.
Franco has been a constant critic of Mayor Jimmy Davis, who supports Carroll, 28, the grandson of legendary former Hudson County Freeholder Neil Carroll and an aide to Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti.
He also faces John Cupo and Paul Hagdorn.
Franco did not immediately respond to a 4:09 PM request for comment. He also did not respond to the Hudson County View’s request or comment.