Alleged Sex Assault Victim Sues Ocean City and Former Beach-Tag Boss

first_imgCharles “Chuck” Cusack served as an Ocean City police officer for 25 years and later managed beach tag operations in Ocean City.Charles Cusack developed an unnatural interest in a female student at Ocean City High School while he patrolled its halls as a security guard. The retired Ocean City police officer then helped the 17-year-old girl land a plum summer job with the city’s beach-fee office, where he’d be supervising her. And then Cusack, 49 at the time, used his position of authority to sway the girl into a sexual relationship, according to a newly filed lawsuit.These accusations are part of a civil complaint filed by the alleged victim March 9 in state Superior Court in Cape May Court House. The allegations in the lawsuit have not been addressed in a courtroom.The civil complaint names Cusack and the City of Ocean City as defendants.Local taxpayers could be on the hook for any legal fees incurred by the city for defending itself in the lawsuit and for any potential pre-trial settlement or damages awarded by a jury. The city is not providing legal representation to Cusack.Cusack, 51, also faces separate criminal charges alleging he had an ongoing sexual relationship with the underage female beach-fee collector during the summer of 2012.The civil complaint alleges Cusack first met the girl in the halls of Ocean City High School, when she was a junior in spring 2012. Cusack had retired from the local force a year earlier after 25 years of service. He worked the final two years of his career as a “school resource officer” at the high school, and then was hired by the school district to work as a “supervisory aide” from January to June 2012.At the school, Cusack “engaged in increasingly inappropriate behavior directed toward (the girl),” the lawsuit alleges. “He, a retiree with a family, would flirt with (her) and pay her compliments on her appearance and body. Such inappropriate behavior occurred at the High School and while Cusack held a position of authority over (the girl).”Cusack then began attending the girl’s softball games. She was “flattered but confused by the attention she was receiving from Mr. Cusack,” the complaint states.In June 2012, Cusack gave the girl his cell-phone number and invited her to call and text him. He flirted with her via text and through phone games such as “Words with Friends,” according to the lawsuit.Their relationship continued into the summer, during which Cusack served as the city’s superintendent of Beach Fee Operations, overseeing 120 to 150 seasonal employees — mostly high-school and college students — in the local beach-tag program.In July 2012, Cusack gave the girl a highly sought-after job as a beach-tag inspector, a move that puzzled other employees in the office.“At the time, Cusack’s hiring of (the girl) was questioned by other staff of Beach Fee Operations,” according to the lawsuit. She was “hired mid-season, which was unheard of. Also, while (she) was qualified for the position, she was not the most outstanding applicant.”Cusack had ulterior motives in hiring the girl, the lawsuit alleges.“Shortly after being hired, (she) learned that she wasn’t merely lucky. Charles Cusack expected payment in return for giving her a job—payment in the form of (her) virginity,” the complaint alleges.Once she started work, the flirtatious relationship between Cusack and the girl moved quickly toward a sexual one, according to the civil complaint.“Soon thereafter, Charles Cusack’s true intentions manifested,” the lawsuit contends. “He, a 49-year-old man, began having sex with (the girl), his teenaged subordinate. He acted out his various fantasies with the sexually inexperienced minor. He would take nude photos of her,” as well perform various sex acts with her.“He forced her to engage in ‘rough’ sex with him, choking her throat (during intercourse),” the lawsuit alleges.Cusack had sex with the girl both in his city office and at his home in Egg Harbor Township on various occasions over the next three weeks, according to the civil and criminal complaints.The relationship ended on Aug. 4, 2012, when another beach-fee employee, identified in the civil complaint only as “D.E.,” walked into Cusack’s office and saw the superintendent having sex with the girl, the lawsuit states. The employee reported the incident to his direct supervisor, who in turn contacted Ocean City police.Cusack was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault. He later pleaded not guilty. In February 2015, a Cape May County grand jury handed up a superseding indictment adding a second-degree charge of official misconduct and a second-degree count of endangering the welfare of a child against Cusack. Earlier this month, he also pleaded not guilty to those charges, and is awaiting trial.It was not clear Friday whether Cusack has retained a defense attorney in the lawsuit; his attorney in the criminal case is Louis M. Barbone of Atlantic City.Barbone did not immediately respond to a message left at his office Friday afternoon.Ocean City Solicitor Dottie McCrosson said she couldn’t discuss the lawsuit, citing the city’s policy of not commenting on pending litigation.Attorney Michael L. Testa of Vineland, who filed the complaint on the alleged victim’s behalf, declined to make her available for an interview, and said he had no comment beyond the allegations made in the lawsuit.The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, plus attorney’s fees on behalf of the alleged victim, who is now 19.The girl was the victim of sexual abuse, gender discrimination and sexual harassment by Cusack, who was her direct supervisor, according to the lawsuit.In turn, “the conduct of Ocean City, by way of its acquiescence in the conduct of Charles Cusack and its failure to prevent such sexual abuse elevates it to the status of passive sexual abuser,” the lawsuit alleges.The girl suffered “temporary and permanent personal injuries, economic loss, shame, ridicule, severe emotional damages, psychological damages, loss of self-worth and sexual dysfunction” as a result of Cusack’s conduct, and the city’s inability to prevent it, according to the civil complaint.In New Jersey, the age of consent is 16. But Cusack was charged criminally under a provision in state statute that makes it illegal for a person to have sex with someone over whom he or she has supervisory authority when an alleged victim is 16 or 17 years old.Cusack has three daughters and had been separated from his wife at the time of his arrest. He was in his second season as director of the city’s beach-tag program when he was arrested. He has been free since posting $150,000 bond shortly after his arrest.Cusack is due back in criminal court on May 5, when Barbone will argue a motion to have the charges in the superseding indictment dismissed.(Editor’s Note: OCNJ Daily has chosen not to name the plaintiff in this civil lawsuit — even though she willfully entered her name into the public record by filing the complaint. At this point in our coverage of the criminal and civil proceedings, we do not believe there is a significant public need to know her identity. We do believe in protecting the privacy of alleged victims of sexual assault.)__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Apple boost from RDA

first_imgOrganic drinks producer RDA Organic has launched a new range of ’fresh functional superfruit’ drinks.Available in Acai berry, Blackcurrant & Evesse Apple and Blueberry & Evesse Apple, the organic fruit content has been chosen for its high content of vitamins and minerals, as well as its high levels of antioxidants and polyphenols.Each 250ml bottle contains at least one portion of the recommended amount of fruit a day, and also contains the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.RDA Organic is the first brand globally to use Evesse organic apples, grown in Herefordshire. It has agreed a brand partnership with the growers for the next two years.The RDA product range contains no added sugar, water, preservatives or concentrates, and only uses 100% organic fruit certified by the Soil Association.The new superfruit range is available in Waitrose and Ocado.com and various independent chains.RRP: £1.19 – £2.19[http://www.rdaorganic.com]last_img read more

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Biden dogs to make appearance during Puppy Bowl

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s dogs will make an appearance during the Puppy Bowl this weekend. The two German Shepherds, Champ and Major, will appear alongside first lady Jill Biden in a public service announcement focused on mask-wearing set to air during Puppy Bowl XVII. The event, which features a group of rowdy puppies playing in a model stadium and airs as an alternative to the Super Bowl every year, is focused on raising awareness about adopting shelter pets — something the Bidens’ have experienced themselves. They adopted Major from the Delaware Humane Association, and he is the first shelter dog to move into the White House.last_img read more

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International Education Week promotes awareness of global affairs

first_imgThis week, Saint Mary’s students don’t have to take a 12-hour flight to gain a better understanding of life in other parts of the world and grow as people while immersing themselves in the traditions of other cultures. A five-minute walk to the student center will take students to International Education Week, an annual event that promotes increased knowledge of global events and cultures.Sara Shoemake | The Observer The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) designed this year’s events, and assistant director for global education Alice Siqin Yang said the week will encourage students both to grow personally and develop leadership skills.“The international education offered here will enable students to be more successful in a globally competitive society while they make contributions to world peace,” Yang said.  “It provides students with the perspectives they need to meet challenges.”Monday’s “Henna on My Hands” activity from 12-1 p.m. will demonstrate the Arabic tradition of Henna art, a practice typically performed at weddings. Later Monday night, several students will discuss the benefits of studying abroad in countries such as Austria, China, Ecuador, England, Ireland, Italy and Uganda during the “Intercultural Learning Showcase” from 5:30-7:30 p.m.“Recent returnees will share their experiences and interactions with local people in different cultural contexts,” Yang said. “They will talk about their re-entry adjustment and skills they have learned.”The purpose of International Education Week is not necessarily to convince people to travel across the world, though the speeches and events may impact students in such a way that they choose to. Rather, the week’s main intention is to inform the Saint Mary’s community and to maintain a welcoming environment that embraces other cultures.Tuesday’s “Writing Across the World – ELS Program” showcase from 12-1 p.m. involves Japanese, Indian, Korean, Kuwaiti and Saudi Arabian students writing different sayings in different languages on keepsake cards.“This is a good opportunity to know more about different languages throughout the world, including Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Hindi and Chinese,” Yang said.A panel discussion on Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. will examine the consequences of the unprecedented result of the 2014 Indian election, which resulted in a surprising victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party and its Prime Minister candidate Narendra Modi.Thursday night’s International Cultural Festival from 5-7 p.m. will include music, dancing and performances from international students and will end the week on a positive note, Yang said.“It showcases a variety of ethnic presentations by international students and cultural clubs,” Yang said. “It is a chance for our international students to share with everyone where they are from.”CWIL members have gone to great lengths to organize this instructive and fun-filled week, which Yang calls a celebration of cultures.“It is an opportunity to learn from international students, study abroad experiences, guest speakers on international politics, movies and arts,” Yang said. “It recognizes the contributions that international students and scholars make in internationalizing the campus.”Tags: Alice Siqin Yang, International Education Week, Saint Mary’s student center, study abroadlast_img read more

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Once Director John Carney & U2’s Bono and The Edge Teaming Up

first_imgIt looks like they have found what they were looking for! John Carney, writer and director of the film Once, is joining forces with U2’s Bono and The Edge to produce a semi-biographical movie called Sing Street. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be Carney’s love letter to music and the musicians will be involved in the film’s music, as well as the movie itself. Shooting is set to start this summer in Ireland. View Comments Set in Dublin in the ‘80s, Sing Street follows a teenager named Cosmo, who’s struggling with problems both at home and school. To deal with the pain, he writes songs, forms a band and shoots music videos paid for with illicit means. Hoping to start a new life, he sets out to run away to London with his girlfriend. There, the duo will try to turn their dreams of success into a reality.center_img Carney, a former member of The Frames, achieved universal acclaim for his 2006 movie Once, which won the Oscar for Best Original Song for Glen Hansard and has since gone on to be a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. U2 are currently nominated for a Best Original Song Oscar for their tune “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The Grammy-winners are also working on a new album.last_img read more

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Visiting scientists

first_imgA delegation of Nigerian scientists, on a nationwide agricultural tour, visited the UGA campus in Tifton, Ga., and other sites in south Georgia to learn how farmers benefit from research conducted by scientists in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.“Spreading the UGA name globally is vitally important, since we all live in a global economy,” said Chris Chammoun, project manager at the Center of Innovation for Agribusiness. “It is also important for us at the Center of Innovation for Agribusiness to be globally connected since Georgia is a very large exporter of agricultural products. One of the best ways to establish and maintain international connections is by showcasing research by one of our nation’s premier agricultural institutions, the University of Georgia, and also showcasing some of our innovative agricultural producers.”UGA researchers, including Joe West, assistant dean for the Tifton campus, horticulturist Greg Fonsah, animal and dairy scientist John Bernard and aquaculture researcher Gary Burtle, shared their work with the delegates over dinner on Tuesday. They discussed the role UGA’s research has in Georgia’s agriculture industry, including the marketing of agricultural produce, livestock operations and fish farming.“Our research, extension and public service work deal with helping people raise food and make money raising food,” Burtle said. “Some of the foreign countries, especially those in Africa, are interested in that. Their governments, right now, are interested in providing more food and more opportunities for their people.”As part of the visit to Georgia, the Nigerian delegation also visited White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, the Decatur Fish Farm in Bainbridge and the Harvest Moon Market, also in Bainbridge.“This delegation is in the U.S. to study, compare and share information on how farm families, communities, educational institutions, government and financial agencies have helped to position America as the largest global producer of agricultural commodities and foods, and to transfer as much technology and methodologies as will be relevant, adaptable and applicable to our agricultural system and climate,” said Bosede Oboh, leader of the Nigerian delegation, in a brochure profiling the delegation.This was the second stop for the members of the delegation. They attended the U.S. National Farmers Union Convention in Springfield, Mass., earlier this month. Following the stop in Georgia, the group also traveled to Reno, Nev., as well as Fresno and Sacramento, Calif.last_img read more

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PODCAST: Serving the on-the-go member

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Catering to members who log long hours in trucks traveling across the country, Sharmon Lenth, president/CEO of $20 million asset Coast2Coast Financial Credit Union in Tampa, Fla., understands members must be able to access their accounts from anywhere at any time.“They’re a very transient group. Our core field of membership is still the trucking industry, and we all know their schedules are crazy,” Lenth tells the CUNA News Podcast. “We want to make sure they have access to their accounts no matter what city or state they’re in.”But Lenth also knows it’s important to give members a warm welcome when they do walk into a branch.“You try to emulate your person-to-person experience, and even your over-the-phone experience, to the same easy, simple, friendly experience, whether you’re going online into home banking from your laptop or desktop, or you’re logging into the app,” she says. Sharmon Lenthcenter_img continue reading »last_img read more

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Beijing orders quarantine for all international arrivals

first_imgNormally the busiest in China by passenger volume, the airport was much quieter than usual on Wednesday morning. The staffer added that travellers who need to be quarantined would be sent to the nearby New China International Exhibition Centre, where AFP journalists saw security guards standing next to a red carpet.There were 22 more deaths and 24 new cases nationwide on Wednesday, according to the National Health Commission.Ten of the new cases came from abroad — most from Italy, the worst-hit country outside China.Six of the imported cases were in Beijing.Beijing had already required quarantine for people arriving from hard-hit countries including South Korea, Iran, Italy and Japan.China has now reported 79 cases imported from abroad.The country, however, has made significant progress in curbing domestic infections.New cases in Wuhan fell to a new low, with 13 infections reported on Wednesday, while only one other non-imported case was recorded elsewhere in the country.Wuhan and its surrounding province, Hubei, have been under lockdown since late January in an unprecedented effort that has prevented 56 million people from venturing to other parts of China.But with Hubei reporting zero cases outside Wuhan for several days in a row, the province announced Tuesday that it would allow healthy people in low-risk areas to travel within the province.The virus has infected nearly 81,000 people in China so far, with a large majority having already recovered. The national death toll rose to 3,158 on Wednesday.The global death toll from the new coronavirus has passed 4,000 and the outbreak has spread to over 100 countries.Topics : Zhang Qiang, a city government official, said at a press conference on Wednesday that those landing from “non-epidemic countries” will also have to stay at home for 14 days.People arriving in Beijing for business trips must stay in a designated hotel and undergo a nucleic acid test for the virus, he added.Travellers flying into Beijing Capital International Airport from high-risk countries are now handled separately from other passengers, reported state media on Tuesday. Flights from Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan will arrive at a designated area of the terminal, an airport staff member told AFP on Wednesday.  Beijing on Wednesday ordered people arriving in the city from any country to go into 14-day quarantine as China reported an increase in imported coronavirus cases, threatening its progress against the epidemic.China has made major strides in its battle against the virus, prompting President Xi Jinping to visit Wuhan, the central city at the heart of the global epidemic, on Tuesday and declare that it has “basically curbed” the spread of the disease.The number of new infections has dramatically fallen in recent weeks but Wednesday showed a slight uptick from the previous day due to the increase in imported cases.last_img read more

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Robert Pires wants to see Marc Overmars chosen as Arsenal’s new Director of Football

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Pires actually replaced Overmars at Arsenal when the Dutchman moved to Barca in 2002 (Getty)‘Director of Football is a very difficult job and I do think it is a necessity in modern football,’ Pires told bwin.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The transfer market is crazy and it puts a lot of pressure on the club to be spending money wisely otherwise mistakes can very quickly become very expensive.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I would like to see Marc Overmars back at Arsenal and I think he would work very well with Raul Sanllehi.‘Overmars loves the club and he would be loved by the fans so he would be a very welcome appointment. The Frenchman still visits London Colney occasionally, even after Arsene Wenger’s exit (Getty)Arsenal legend Robert Pires has given his backing to Marc Overmars to be the club’s new Director of Football despite a deal for Monchi reportedly already being in place.The Gunners are on the hunt for a new transfer guru to lead their recruitment following Sven Mislintat’s departure and Monchi appears to be the favourite, with reports in Spain claiming he will move to north London when his contract with Roma expires.Ajax chief Overmars has also been mooted as a possibility, and Pires believes the Dutchman would be a better fit due to his close ties with the club. Robert Pires wants to see Marc Overmars chosen as Arsenal’s new Director of Footballcenter_img Monchi is expected to move to Arsenal where he will be reunited with Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)‘I know he is committed to Ajax and feels he has a job to finish there so perhaps he wouldn’t move in the middle of the season, but he knows Arsenal so well after a great career at the club so it would be great to see him back.’Overmars has been in his current role at Ajax since 2012 and overseen their excellent recruitment of players, making massive profits on the likes of Davinson Sanchez, Arkadiusz Milik and Frenkie de Jong.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Feb 2019 11:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link546Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

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ISP Versailles hiring dispatchers

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. — The Indiana State Police is accepting applications for two Regional Dispatcher positions at the Versailles Post to help staff its Regional Dispatch Center.A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required as well as the ability to successfully pass a typing test.Applicants should reside within driving distance of the Versailles Post.Applications are due by March 3.For more information click here, or call 689-5000last_img

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