Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Officer Denies Making Threat

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Officer Denies Making Threat

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Passaic County Sheriff's Officer Rafael "Rae" Galan pleaded not guilty Monday to threatening an ex-officer who accused him of corruption.

Galan, who faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the charges, has been on unpaid suspension since November, when the former colleague, Darren Woolridge, filed two criminal complaints against him. Galan has been accused of trying to intimidate Woolridge over the phone about a pending investigation, saying "You're going to get yours."

Galan, 40, and his lawyer said they would reject a plea deal the prosecutor offered at Monday's arraignment that would drop the more serious charge, witness retaliation, if he pleaded guilty to making terroristic threats. He is due back in Superior Court in Paterson Sept. 10. If convicted of either or both charges, Galan would then also face a civil service hearing to determine punishment, which could range from suspension to termination, the sheriff's department said.

"My client is not guilty," Galan's attorney, Curtis LaForge, said after the hearing. …

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