A New Jersey state trooper has been suspended and criminally charged over allegations that he pulled women over to ask them out on a date.
According to NJ.com, 31-year-old trooper Eric Richardson was charged Wednesday following an internal investigation that shows he pulled over two women between August 2016 and January 2017 and allegedly pressured them into dating him. Richardson, while on duty, apparently stopped the women on state roads and "harassed" them "about initiating a personal relationship," per a statement from the state Division of Criminal Justice.
In one instance, Richardson found out the woman had an active warrant, and allegedly threatened her with arrest unless she gave him her phone number. He apparently contacted the women on social media and text. Investigators also accuse Richardson of lying on official paperwork to cover up his crimes.
State Police spokesman Capt. Brian Polite says that Richardson's case,as well as a similar incident with another trooper, are being reviewed. "We're policing our own personnel," he said.
Richardson is charge with third-degree tampering with public records or information and fourth-degree falsifying or tampering with records. If convicted, the trooper faces up to five years in state prison.
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