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New Jersey Sheriff's Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Official Misconduct

A suspended New Jersey sheriff's officer has pleaded not guilty to charges he alerted a drug court participant with whom he was allegedly having an affair withto surprise drug tests.

Thirty-five-year-old William Lunger Jr.'s attorney entered the plea on Tuesday to charges of official misconduct, engaging in a pattern of misconduct and related offenses.

Authorities say the Hamburg man and Sussex County sheriff's officer had a sexual relationship with a woman in drug court, tipped her off to surprise drug tests and stole testing kits for her to use. Investigators say the woman then used the information to tip off others to weekend drug tests.

Lunger was originally held in lieu of $50,000 bail. He's since been released on his own recognizance following a mental health evaluation.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Ziegelheim declined to comment.

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