Ocean County officials announced that on May 25, Andrew Wahlberg, 50, of the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township, was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child relative to an incident that occurred in Manahawkin on May 18.
An investigation by the Stafford Township Police Department determined that on May 18, Wahlberg - a Sergeant with the Beach Haven Police Department - left a Beretta 9mm handgun unsecured and accessible to juveniles.
Wahlberg was served with the charge against him on a summons, pending a first appearance in Ocean County Superior Court.
The charges referenced above are merely accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.