State Cop Accused Of Theft From Fairfield Crash Victim

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A Connecticut State Trooper was charged with stealing items from the scene of a fatal accident that occurred on the Merritt Parkway earlier this year, according to state police reports.

A man died in a motorcycle accident near exit 44 on the Merritt Parkway just before midnight Sept. 22. After the scene was cleared, family members reported that some of the victim’s jewelry and cash was missing, according to police reports.

Investigators later found the jewelry and realized it had not been filed as evidence by the trooper investigating the crash, police say. State Police found a “large amount of cash” in the trooper’s car, according to State Police Lt. Paul Vance.

Aaron Huntsman, 43, of Middletown, was arrested Thursday at Troop I headquarters in Bethany. Huntsman, an 18-year-veteran of the Connecticut State Police, was placed on suspension during the investigation and will be investigated by internal affairs, Vance said in a press release.

Huntsman was charged with two counts of third-degree larceny and tampering with evidence, all felonies, and interfering with police, a misdemeanor. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond Thursday, and is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on Dec. 10.

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This cop has been dishonest before. He just got caught this time. Some of these cops now-a-days are a joke!!!

Completely ridiculous. A man was killed. And this trooper, an 18 year veteran, steals the dead man's valuables. Are there no morals left anywhere? Nice example for the kids, officer.

Sad, sad, story. If the trooper is convicted, or pleads guilty, he wipes out a career by one stupid mistake and could, and should, go to prison. I don't agree he should get double penalty, but he should certainly go to prison, a terrible place for a former police officer.

When the police violate the law the penalty should be double what it is for anyone else..They are trusted to be honest and when this trust is broken the penalty should be severe.