Charles E. “Chuck” Cusack, right, is shown in criminal court in March 2016 during his sentence for sexual misconduct. By Donald WittkowskiOcean City agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that a former beach tag director had a sexual relationship with a then-teenage girl under his supervision, according to court documents posted online.City spokesman Doug Bergen declined to comment Monday on the settlement, which was filed in October and first made public Saturday by the legal blog NJ Civil Settlements. Michael Testa and Justin White, Vineland attorneys who represented the plaintiff, could not be reached for comment Monday.The suit alleged that Charles Cusack, a retired Ocean City police officer who later became the director of beach fee operations, had an ongoing sexual relationship with a female beach tag inspector, who was then 17, in the summer of 2012. Ocean City was also named in the litigation.As part of the settlement, the city admitted no liability. Both sides also agreed not to defame or make any disparaging statements about each other, a copy of the settlement showed.In a related criminal case, Cusack was sentenced in 2016 to five years of probation and had to register as a sex offender under the terms of a plea bargain agreement in state Superior Court. The plea agreement allowed him to avoid jail.During his sentencing in March 2016, a tearful Cusack told the court that his life had been ruined because of his poor judgment.“The shame I carry with me has been overwhelming at times,” he said then.Cusack served for 25 years in the Ocean City Police Department before retiring in May 2011. He was in his second season as director of the city’s beach tag program when he was arrested in 2012 for having a sexual relationship with the girl.The lawsuit alleged Cusack first began making contact with the girl when she was a student at Ocean City High School and he was serving as a school security official. At the school, he engaged in “increasingly inappropriate behavior,” including flirting with the girl and complimenting her body, according to the litigation.Later, Cusack helped the girl land a summer job with the city’s beach fee office, and then used his position of authority to sway her into a sexual relationship, the suit said. He was more than 30 years older than the girl.In New Jersey, the age of consent is 16. But Cusack was charged under a provision in state law 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.
Shore Medical Center, 100 Medical Center Way, Somers Point, NJ, 08244 Since 2012, Penn Medicine and Shore Medical Center have been working together to provide world class cardiac care at the Jersey shore. On Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 10 am to noon, medical experts from both organizations will join together to present “Love Your Heart: A Free Community Education Breakfast” at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point. Guests will learn about the cardiac care made available in our community through the relationship between Penn Cardiology and Shore Medical Center, while learning from medical experts on how they can better care for their heart.The event program includes the following presentations:“Cardiac Care and Prevention” presented by Millee Singh, DO, FACC, of Penn Cardiology Somers Point“Keeping Your Heart Healthy Through Exercise and Fitness” presented by Chris Kozmor, RN, MEd, director of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation at Shore’s Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation“Facts About Smoking and Cessation” presented by Joseph Johnston, director of oncology services at Shore Cancer Center“Tips for a Heart Healthy Diet” presented by Saba Zahid, RD, LDN, patient experience manager, food and nutrition services at Shore Medical CenterGuests will enjoy a continental breakfast, coffee and tea, giveaways and an opportunity to have their heart health questions answered. Please RSVP with Brian Cahill at 609-653-3527 or [email protected] Cardiovascular Services at Shore Medical Center Shore Medical Center’s Cardiovascular Services feature a team of highly trained and experienced doctors, nurses and support staff that provides comprehensive cardiovascular health services with a special emphasis on advanced diagnosis, education and prevention. With its partnership with Penn Cardiology, Shore has brought university-setting cardiac and vascular services to the community hospital environment. The clinical team at Shore Medical Center Cardiovascular Services uses sophisticated technology for diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulatory system. Through its clinical affiliation with the nationally renowned Penn Heart & Vascular Network program at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Shore has continued access to the newest advances, techniques and clinical research in the fight against heart disease.About Shore Medical Center At Shore Medical Center, located in Somers Point, NJ, kindness complements an extraordinary level of clinical sophistication. People are the foundation of this modern medical center where advanced technology harmonizes with compassionate care. Shore Medical Center attracts the area’s best physicians, nurses and clinicians, and is the first and only hospital in New Jersey and one of 86 healthcare organizations worldwide to earn Designation as a Planetree Patient-Centered Care Hospital®. Recognized for its dedication to patient safety, Shore has received seven consecutive “A” grades in The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score since Fall 2014. Shore Medical Center is home to six Centers of Excellence for Cancer, Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Spine and Orthopedic, Emergency and Maternity and Pediatric care. Shore’s affiliations include Penn Medicine, Onsite Neonatal Partners, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Mayo Medical Laboratories, and Advanced Radiology Solutions. In addition, Shore is a member of the Jefferson Neuroscience Network and has physicians on staff from the Rothman Institute. In 2011, Shore opened its Pediatric Care Center, the first of its kind in New Jersey, and its state-of-the-art Surgical Pavilion and Campus Expansion. The Shore Medical Center Planned Giving & Development team, which includes the Auxiliary, creates and implements dynamic philanthropic programs that support the mission of Shore Medical Center (www.GivetoShore.org). For more information about Shore Medical Center, visit www.ShoreMedicalCenter.org. read more