N.J. prosecutors now have clear rules in handling sex assault allegations

David Madden
November 28, 2018 - 4:00 am
N.J. prosecutors now have clear rules in handling sex assault allegations

David Madden/KYW Newsradio

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NEW JERSEY  (KYW Newsradio) —  New Jersey’s Attorney General has established new protocols for county prosecutors to follow in how sexual assault accusations are handled. 

The new rules come after a woman accused a now former advisor to Gov. Phil Murphy of raping her during the 2017 election campaign. 

The Hudson County Prosecutor declined to file charges. 

Now, just one of the changed rules of the road requires a victim get a chance to meet with a prosecutor before a plea deal is offered and prior to closing a case without charges being filed.

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Murphy says the actions taken by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal have his complete support.

"The new directive and guidelines make New Jersey, in our judgment and objectively speaking, a national leader in taking a victim centric approach to sexual assault cases," he said. 

And even as protocols are being changed, legislators have begun to look into Albert Alvarez, who has denied any allegation of assault.