Former Howell Township Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Obstruction in Sexual Affair Cover-Up

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Edited By Adam Rizvi, The India Observer, TIO: Trenton, NJ — Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) announced today that retired Howell Township Police Chief Andrew Kudrick has admitted to obstructing a township investigation by providing false statements and attempting to conceal a sexual affair with a subordinate.

Kudrick, 50, of Farmingdale, New Jersey, pled guilty to one count of obstructing the administration of law or other governmental function, a fourth-degree charge. The plea was entered during a hearing before Judge Paul X. Escandon on May 13, 2024, in Monmouth County Superior Court, Freehold.

Under the plea agreement, Kudrick has agreed to a lifetime ban on public employment. Prosecutors will recommend non-custodial probation, with the length to be determined by the court. Sentencing is tentatively scheduled for July 19, 2024.

The case originated from an incident at a work-related event, prompting Howell Township to investigate potential hostile work environment and sexual harassment within the police department. During the plea hearing, Kudrick admitted to falsely denying the affair during an official interview.

In late March 2022, Kudrick allegedly threatened to initiate a false internal affairs investigation against a police department member who had evidence of the affair, attempting to intimidate the witness from cooperating in the township’s investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Sherrod Smith and OPIA Corruption Deputy Bureau Chief Andrew Wellbrock, under the supervision of Corruption Bureau Chief Jeff Manis and OPIA Executive Director Drew Skinner.

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