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Ocean County Detective Facing Sexual Assault Charges Commits Suicide

Body of Det. Sgt. Ronald Velardi found by police in wooded area in Stafford Township

Police early Sunday morning found the body of a detective from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office in a wooded area in Stafford in what appears to be a suicide, according to a release from the county prosecutor’s office.

Stafford Township Police discovered the body of Det. Sgt. Ronald Velardi at approximately 3 a.m. in a wooded area off Doc Cramer Drive in Stafford, Executive Assistant Prosecutor Michel Paulhus said in a release. The investigation is still ongoing, but it appears that Velardi, who had been on suspension without pay, took his own life, Paulhus said.

Last summer Velardi was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting two underage girls, NJ.com reported in June. Velardi, a Manahawkin resident, was facing four counts of second-degree sexual assault and three counts of child endangerment, the report said. The charges were still pending at the time of his death, Paulhus said.

On Saturday police received information that spawned the search leading to the discovery of Velardi’s body early Sunday, Paulhus said. Velardi was pronounced dead at 3:10 a.m., Paulhus said.

No additional information regarding Velardi’s death was being released by the prosecutor’s office, Paulhus said.

“Out of respect for the surviving family members, and consistent with the policy of this office, there will be no further statements made by this office about the death of Sgt. Velardi,” Paulhus said in the release.

Bud Boomer November 06, 2011 at 02:09 AM
I feel bad for what this character did to his families name, I have zero remorse for sexual predators, He committed suicide I feel for his family but not him he must have had a lot of guilt weighing him down to end it all, Surely I'll get flamed but I can careless It's my opinion and I'll exercise my freedom of speech nor will I hate on flamers for exercising their freedom of speech!
Charles J. Giles November 06, 2011 at 03:09 AM
No matter what he may or may have not done, Suicide is not an option. Condolences to His Family.
Billy Cantrell November 18, 2011 at 11:21 AM
WE ARE THE JUDGE,JURY,AND EXECUTIONER OF OUR OWN LIFE'S PATH - AND WE ALONE CHOSE THE PATH WE EACH TAKE.......
Owen Truitt September 18, 2012 at 08:58 AM
I have not known Ron for many years; probably since 1990 or so. I do not know if he did or didn't do the crime he was charged with, but his suicide leads me to believe that he was likely guilty of some indiscretion. The families of the victims will certainly never forgive him, and that I understand. What I want the world to know is that he had some great qualities as well, and in many ways he was a "good man". I hope he is in peace, and I hope the victims can find peace as well.
John B Taxpayer September 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Wow this is like grave digging this article was a year ago.

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