Published November 30, 2012
A Connecticut state trooper has reportedly been arrested after allegedly taking jewelry and $3,000 in cash from a motorcycle crash victim.
Trooper Aaron Huntsman, 43, an 18-year veteran, has been charged with two counts of third-degree larceny, interfering with police and tampering with evidence in the Sept. 22 wreck, CTNow.com reports.
John Scalesse, 49, was driving his motorcycle in Fairfield when he drove into the back of a truck. He was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Following the accident, Scalesse’s relatives told police they couldn’t account for some jewelry, clothing and cash. State police later found the missing jewelry, which had not been logged into evidence by trooper who led the investigation, according to a release from state police. They also found a large amount of cash in Huntsman’s patrol car.
Huntsman, who has been suspended, was a vice president of the state police union for more than two years, said Andrew Matthews, president of the union. Huntsman resigned as soon as the allegations were reported, Matthews said.
"If the allegations of misconduct are proven true, we wish that it not reflect the perception of the police or its union," Matthews said.
Huntsman, who has been released after posting $5,000 bail, is scheduled to be arraigned in Bridgeport on Dec. 10.