Jack Jeffress was 15 years old and on a cross-country hitchhiking trip that was to take him to New York City. He paused in his journey in front of a building just across a river from Warren County, New Jersey.
As he sat there, a police officer wearing a badge and gun pulled up. According to Jeffress’ recently filed sexual abuse lawsuit, Warren County Sheriff Edward Bullock picked the teen up, drove the boy to his home, and with another man raped Jeffress for several days until the teen escaped through a window.
Jeffress’s lawsuit against Warren County is the fourth to accuse Bullock of sexual abuse of children between 1979 and 1989, when Bullock was an undersheriff and then the county’s sheriff. The suit accuses the county of negligence and it seeks unspecified damages.
Jeffress uses his full name in the lawsuit and has given permission to news media to identify him by name.
All four lawsuits allege that county officials knew that Bullock groomed and sexually assaulted young boys who were in county custody.
Bullock was Warren County sheriff from 1982 to 1991. The allegations in Jeffress’s suit revolve around incidents in 1979, when Bullock was undersheriff.
Bullock died in 2015 a few months after a criminal trial ended with a hung jury.
End of career
A news article on the former law enforcement officer said he resigned as sheriff and then spent nine months in jail after pleading guilty to official misconduct after soliciting sex from an undercover New Jersey trooper posing as a 17-year-old boy.
The other three plaintiffs claim that Bullock used his authority to take custody of boys being transferred between county juvenile facilities and then sexually assaulted and abused them.
According to the news article, the first three lawsuits are nearing trial.