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Former Moorestown Cop's Sex Assault Trial Opens Today

Officials say a sexual assault involving Robert Melia Jr. and co-defendant Heather Lewis was videotaped.

The trial of former Moorestown police officer Robert Melia Jr. and co-defendant and former girlfriend Heather Lewis started today in Superior Court, reports Phillyburbs.com.

In 2009, police found videos that allegedly showed Melia Jr. having sex with five cows. A judge dismissed animal cruelty charges in 2010.

Melia is also accused of molesting three children in his home on Cottage Avenue in Moorestown.

Authorities said Lewis was involved. 

Ellie A. April 12, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I remember when this was big in the news. There was no Patch then but I can imagine all the comments people would have left! Thanks for bringing this story to us even though it's not Cinnaminson. This was national news when it came out. It's sick to think what he did and he needs some serious help. Him and his girlfriend.
Pam T. April 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Please keep us updated on this story! Do we know where this pervert is from originally?
Catherine Laughlin April 13, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Pam T., Mr. Melia did live on Cottage Avenue. Stay tuned to Patch for further developments as we learn them.
Linda DiMassimo April 13, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Can you say SICK!
Cinnaman21 April 13, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Heyyyy Linda Dimassimo
M w April 13, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I remember the judges reasoning for dropping animal cruelty charges being really disturbing- something like how do we know they didn't enjoy it or something crazy like that
Linda DiMassimo April 16, 2012 at 04:29 PM
hey whoever, no name
Our Town April 16, 2012 at 06:44 PM
"If the cow had the cognitive ability to form thought and speak, would it say, 'Where's the milk? I'm not getting any milk,' " Judge James J. Morley asked. Let's just hope that this circus is run by a more competent ringmaster this time.

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