In a February 11, 2016 lawsuit, an Allentown man is suing a female gas station attendant for falsely accusing him of grabbing her breast while she was working at the Wawa convenience store on County Road 539 in Plumsted Township in Ocean County.

According to his lawsuit, David Perlman said that while he was purchasing gas on February 7, 2015, he “had a brief conversation” with Diana Moore who was the gas pump attendant.  He claimed that Moore falsely “made allegations of criminal sexual contact” to the Plumsted Township Police.  The Police allegedly charged Perlman and held him under $2,500 bail without having asked to see Wawa’s surveillance video.  According to the lawsuit, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office downgraded the sexual contact charge to harassment which was ultimately dismissed when Moore failed to appear for court hearings.

Perlman’s lawsuit says that the Plumsted Police failed to properly investigate Moore’s claim and that Moore defamed him by making a false statement to police.  He said that the charge and the Police Department’s decision to post it on its Facebook page, caused him to lose “the opportunity to do business with various entities.”

At the time of this writing, neither Plumsted nor Moore has filed an answer to Perlman’s lawsuit.

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