- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

BUENA, N.J. (AP) - A former special police officer in southern New Jersey is headed to prison for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl.

Sean Griffith received a five-year state prison sentence on Friday. He also will have to register as a sex offender.

Griffith had served with the Buena police department before he was arrested in June 2014. Authorities say he committed sexual acts with the teen while holding a position of authority and disciplinary power over her.

Griffith pleaded guilty last November to official misconduct and sexual contact charges. He forfeited his police job and is banned from holding any public office.

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