Former Brigantine officer gets five years for sex with teen

A former Brigantine police officer who admitted to using his job to exploit a teenager for sex was sentenced to five years in prison.

Ralph Pereira, 46, previously admitted to sexual relations with the then-16-year-old girl.

He and then-Atlantic City Police Officer Andre Corbin were both accused of having a sexual relationship with the girl, whose name was not released due to the nature of the charges.

Corbin pleaded guilty last year and is serving a five-year sentence.

Pereira had oral sex with the girl on at least on occasion, according to the original complaint. He was indicted Aug. 25, 2015 on 17 criminal counts.

The 10-year police veteran was suspended without pay following his arrest in 2014. He has since been fired.