JCPD P.O. Stephen Wilson is accused of traveling to Atlantic City to pay for sex with children, which raises new questions about the officer going missing there in 2019.
Background information is emerging about an officer with the Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) accused of seeking to rape two girls, ages 10 and 8, in exchange for $200.
News broke late Friday night that P.O. Stephen Wilson was arrested by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General (NJOAG) and the details are lurid. He’s accused of traveling to Atlantic City as part of a child sex trafficking scheme agreed upon in an incest chat group. Wilson had condoms and more than $500 in cash in his possession when he was arrested, according to the NJOAG.
Prior to his arrest, Wilson was assigned to the JCPD’s body camera unit. He was a Hudson County Sheriff’s Officer from April 2008 to January 2009 before transferring to the JCPD, where he’s worked for the past twelve years, according to his LinkedIn profile. Both his father (Stephen Wilson Sr.) and deceased uncle (Samuel Wilson) were JCPD officers.
Following the arrest, JCPD sources reached out to Real Garden State expressing their disgust with the horrific allegations. Many were not shocked and essentially stated there was “always something off” about Wilson. Some even suggested there might have been warning signs.
One of those warning signs, according to multiple JCPD sources, was when Wilson briefly went missing in Atlantic City after the New Jersey Law Enforcement Memorial Service in Ocean Grove, NJ, on May 21, 2019.
As the story goes, Wilson was apparently with multiple JCPD officers at the memorial service. After the event was over, and unbeknownst to anyone else, Wilson went to Atlantic City that night. He was supposed to work the day shift on May 22, 2019, but wasn’t present for the JCPD East District roll call (either 7 or 8 AM) and a search for Wilson was launched when he did not respond to phone calls & text messages.
During the search it was discovered that Wilson supposedly told his father, who he was living with at the time, that he was staying with his girlfriend the night before, per sources. The girlfriend was subsequently located, but the woman didn’t know where the officer was and became distraught.
Sources say the girlfriend was an Asian immigrant, had difficulty communicating in English, and was living with two other women. During questioning, it was discovered she was pregnant with Wilson’s child. Without sounding xenophobic/racist, the situation was deemed bizarre at the time by JCPD officials.
Furthermore, after a few hours into the search, Wilson contacted JCPD officials and said he was in Atlantic City. Sources say he claimed to have spent the night with another woman and overslept after his phone died because his alarm didn’t go off.
Wilson was a participant in the Police Unity Tour in 2019, riding for his deceased uncle, and he was highlighted in a Pix 11 video. Samuel Wilson “suffered a fatal heart attack while struggling with a narcotics violator during an arrest attempt,” on January 4, 1989, per Officer Down Memorial Page.
On January 5, 2020, Wilson wrote on the memorial page “I am [in] China spending time with my wife, son and her family. I wish you could meet them. I think you would melt and spoil my son the way I know you used to love and spoil me.” In retrospect, given the officer was busted while communicating in an incest chat group, many have found the comment to be unsettling.
As well, sources say the most alarming story is regarding a photograph with Wilson’s child. Without going into full detail, multiple sources have confirmed the existence of an extremely questionable picture with Wilson, the wife, and child in which the child is wearing an unusual outfit that had a sexually suggestive message written on it.
Law enforcement sources indicate the state’s investigation of Wilson is active and ongoing.
A spokesperson for the City of Jersey City did not respond to an email seeking a confirmation or denial regarding Wilson going missing in 2019 and if JCPD Internal Affairs investigated the matter. If/when that occurs, this story will be updated.