Shocking rape allegations against Manville, NJ, police chief

Shocking rape allegations have been made against a central New Jersey police chief in a lawsuit filed in Superior Court.

The lawsuit prompted an emergency meeting of the Manville Borough Council, where they voted unanimously to furlough Chief Thomas J. Herbst.

In 32 pages, the civil lawsuit exposes a “prolonged pattern and practice of heinous sexual harassment” over 13 years.

The alleged victim is also an employee of the Manville Police Department. She is identified in the lawsuit filed on February 15. New Jersey 101.5 does not identify alleged victims of sexual violence.

Among the allegations against Herbst:

  • He regularly masturbated in front of the victim at the police station and touched her inappropriately
  • He raped the alleged victim 10 times in the police records room
  • He raped the alleged victim in a hotel parking lot
  • Later he started to rape her at her house

Herbst is a 30-year veteran of the force, and the alleged sexual assaults began when he was the woman’s lieutenant and supervisor.

According to the Manville Police Department website, Herbst was hired in 1991 after graduating from the Somerset County Police Academy. After serving in all divisions of the department, he was sworn in as Chief in 2020. was the first to report on the lawsuit.

The Somerset County Attorney’s Office is currently investigating, but declines to comment on the contents of the lawsuit.

The alleged victim is also on paid leave from the department while the investigation is ongoing.

Eric Scott is the senior policy director and anchor of New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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