A 30-year-old state trooper has pleaded responsible to a prison cost associated to an incident during which he stalked a feminine motorist in his patrol automobile whereas on-duty, Performing state Lawyer Normal Andrew Bruck introduced Tuesday.
Michael Patterson, of Bayonne, admitted that he purposely disabled the digital recording gadget in his patrol automotive, in order that he may hit on a girl throughout a site visitors cease the evening of Jan. 28, 2020.
Patterson had first pulled the lady’s automobile over alongside the New Jersey Turnpike round 9:30 p.m. and let the lady go along with a warning. Shortly after, he stopped her once more after she exited the Turnpike at Exit 11, with out additional cause that to hit on her, Bruck mentioned.
He pleaded responsible on Monday in Middlesex County Superior Court docket to a cost of fourth-degree tampering with public information.
Beneath a plea deal, the state will advocate that he be sentenced to 12 months in state jail with out chance of parole, in keeping with Bruck.
Patterson additionally should hand over his job as a state trooper and might be completely barred from public employment.
“We’re dedicated to holding regulation enforcement officers accountable after they abuse their positions of belief,” Bruck mentioned in a written launch.
“The conduct revealed on this investigation stands in stark distinction to the core values of the New Jersey State Police and is a betrayal to the general public and to the whole regulation enforcement group,” State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick Callahan mentioned in the identical launch.
Sentencing is slated for October 18.
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