MONROE, NJ—Michael Tuhy, 30-year-old Township resident, is facing charges of lewdness, third-degree endangering sexual contact with a child, and making terroristic threats following his July 13 arrest.
According to the initial complaint filed against him, Michael A. Tuhy threatened a 14-year-old boy and asked the boy to perform oral sex on him. It also stated that Tuhy exposed his penis and urinated in front of the victim.
Tuhy is also accused of “threatening to beat [the 14-year-old boy] up and kill him,” according to the complaint.
The complaint was signed by Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) Detective Allegra Bitterman, and probable cause for the charges was found by Judge George Boyd. The MCPO has not publicized the case.
Tuhy, a former lineman for Jersey Central Power & Light according to his Facebook page, was released pending trial on the initial charges after prosecutors declined to file a motion for pretrial detention.
But, Tuhy was arrested again on August 3 for allegedly violating the court order releasing him, a fourth-degree offense. This time prosecutors filed a motion to detain Tuhy until his trial, but he was once again freed by a judge who denied the motion under the state’s new “bail reform” law.
Instead, the judge approved his release on “Level 3” monitoring with home detention.
It’s not immediately clear what Tuhy did violate the conditions of his initial “pre-trial monitoring” arrangement, or what his connection is to the alleged victim. Tuhy is not a “care-giver” for the boy, according to the type of charge filed against him.
These were not Tuhy’s only arrests in his life. He previously faced criminal charges including trespassing.
Tuhy was set free under numerous conditions imposed by the court, including avoiding contact with victim and “no contact with children under 18.”
According to Peter McAleer, of the NJ Administrative Office of the Courts, Tuhy was released on August 8, five days after his most recent arrest, on exactly the same conditions of release as the ones that followed his prior arrest.
Tuhy is ordered to report to pre-trial services once per month, and to leave his home only for court, religious or medical services, attorney visits, and searching for employment.
He is not subject to an “electronic monitoring” ankle bracelet, but he must provide notice and documentation to pre-trial services if he is leaving his home.
Tuhy’s next scheduled court date is August 31 in the courtroom of Michael Toto, Middlesex County’s Presiding Criminal Judge.