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Police Sgt. Indicted for Assaulting Buena Vista Woman

Buena Vista Township

A Hammonton Police Sergeant was indicted this week for aggravated assault and other charges, in connection with the assault of a woman in her Folsom, Buena Vista Township home in August of this year, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.

On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Samuel C. Mavilla, 46, Williamstown, on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault causing bodily injury, criminal restraint, terroristic threats, possession of a knife for an unlawful purpose—all crimes of the 3rd degree, and unlawful possession of a weapon—a 4th degree crime.

The indictment stemmed from a New Jersey State Police investigation of an incident that occurred in a Buena Vista Township home on August 1, 2015.

New Jersey State Police investigated a report made by the victim, and subsequently arrested Mavilla without incident the following day, August 2nd, at his Williamstown home.

He was transported to the New Jersey State Police Buena Vista Station, processed for the arrest, and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $50,000 full cash bail set by Municipal Court Judge H. R. Switzer. Mavilla was later released on bail pending court.

The identity of the victim is not being released.

Assistant Prosecutor Harlee Stein represented the State in the case.

A crime of the 3nd degree carries a potential penalty of 3-5 years in New Jersey State prison; a 4th degree crime carries a potential penalty of 18 months imprisonment.