Animal-cruelty charges were dropped yesterday against a former Moorestown police officer accused of bestiality.
Robert Melia Jr., 39, still faces charges of sexually assaulting three girls between 2000 and 2008. Prosecutors say he molested the children with former girlfriend Heather Lewis, 33, of Pemberton Township.
State Superior Court Judge James J. Morley approved Melia's motion yesterday to strike the animal-cruelty charges from the indictment.
Authorities claimed to have videos of Melia engaging in sex acts with cows. They filed the charges weeks after arresting Melia on April 12, 2008, in the sexual-assault case. That day, police also searched his home and seized a computer that they said contained pornographic material.