On Thursday afternoon, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office announced Press of Atlantic City reporter Donna Weaver filed a complaint against Galloway Councilman Jim McElwee for "harassment by
offensive touching," for an incident that allegedly took place following Tuesday night's meeting.
On Thursday night, McElwee issued the following response, via email:
have been made aware through social media of allegations made against
me arising out of a conversation and an unfortunate misunderstanding I
had with a reporter on Tuesday
night during a break in a township meeting. The conversation and a
later conversation I had when the reporter called my phone that night
"I apologized over the phone for my part in any
misunderstanding and believed we had cleared up the issue that night.
If charges are filed I will present my evidence to the appropriate
judicial authority and fully expect the evidence will reveal that no
form of harassment took place.
"I still remain hopeful that this can be
cleared up without burdening the courts if possible. Regardless I
believe there is no basis for any charges arising from this incident."