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Trooper accused of stealing from dying motorcyclist takes plea deal

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BRIDGEPORT – A state trooper, caught on his own dashboard camera stealing a dying motorist’s cash and gold crucifix, is facing up to a year and a half in prison.

Aaron “AJ” Huntsman, a 19-year veteran of the state police, pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon under the Alford Doctrine to third-degree larceny and tampering with evidence – both felonies.

Although Huntsman, 45, could have faced up to 10 years in prison on the two charges, Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin said he would impose a term in prison of 16 months, followed by five years of probation.

Huntsman’s lawyer, Ryan McGuigan, does have the right to argue for a lesser term when Huntsman is sentenced Oct. 3

Huntsman walked out of the courtroom with a big smile on his face following the hearing. He declined comment.

A plea made under the Alford Doctrine means Huntsman didn’t admit his guilt but conceded there was a good chance he could have been found guilty of the crime if he went to trial. The judge then found him guilty.

Assistant State’s Attorney Tiffany Lockshier said she had been prepared to take the case to trial.

“This was very close to being reached for trial,” Devlin told Huntsman. “Before the summer was out you would have been on trial.”

The sentencing day comes one day before John Scalesse’s birthday.

Scalesse, a former executive of the JAS Masonry in Milford, was killed Sept. 22, 2012 after his motorcycle crashed into a construction company truck on the northbound section of Exit 44 on the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield.

Huntsman, who was the first trooper at the crash scene, walked over to where Scalesse lay, bent down and picked up Scalesse’s gold chain from a pool of blood, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. He then took a roll of bills – $3,700 – that had been in Scalesse’s pocket. Later, Huntsman told Scalesse’s grieving father that he didn’t see any money on the victim, the affidavit states.

The cash was later found held with a rubber band under the front seat of Huntsman’s cruiser. State Police said Huntsman has maintained his innocence even after he was shown a video of him taking the money that was captured on the dash camera of his own police car.

“John didn’t deserve his memory to be tarnished like this and we are finally glad it’s almost over,” said Scalesse’s mother, Marguerite Scalesse. “After all we have gone through we are glad that he (Huntsman) at least didn’t make us go through a trial.”

Categories: General
Daniel Tepfer

39 Responses

  1. Alicia Hauck says:

    Scum of the earth. It seems like lately all the police do is steal from, beat and kill people with impunity. They are worse than the criminals they are sworn to protect us from.

  2. Steve says:

    This guy is worse than any collar he is ever made. A cop entrusted to uphold the law stealing from a dying man. What a piece of garbage.

  3. Susan McTeigue says:

    Really, what about his pension? Convicted of two felonies. Does he get to keep his pension? He shouldn’t. So much for a higher standard, I’m sure he’s an embarrassment to honest cops.

  4. Hammond Egger says:

    I agree with the poster that says he should be dropped into “gen pop”.Instead he will probably get ‘protective custody’ because he was a cop.He’s scum and I doubt he got caught the first time he robbed someone!

  5. John H. says:

    This trooper is just another example of the union backed thugs in law enforcement.

  6. AC says:

    Has the TSA hired him yet?

  7. rich says:

    And these are the kind of people that are going to come take away your AR15.

  8. The Stig says:

    Satan holds a special place in Hades for crooked cops. Your punishment on Earth will be nothing to what awaits you in the afterlife. Better pack light.

  9. adam says:

    He walked out smiling. What a scumbag.

  10. Kales says:

    On the Police Trooper Huntsman Case, Nothing—- New First Responders Stealing.

    I was in a bad auto accident in 1975, knocked unconscious.
    The Rolex(inexpensive in those days) was stolen off my wrist by a first responder.
    I’m sure the person believed insurance would take care of it.
    I never claimed it against the insurance, hoping it would show up in months following.
    It never did. Just a note to families of the those injured in an accident.
    They are not all heroes.

  11. Sydney Evans says:

    Why was this dirty cop allowed to take an Alford plea? Why not offer him 60 months in prison or go to trial where he risked up to 10 years. Many cops are dirty, and they continue to rip off the public because they know they are handled with kid gloves by the court system, just as this case proves.
    Power corrupts; absolute power (a gun on your belt and the weight of the court behind you) corrupts absolutely. The longer a peace officer is on the job, the slimmer chance there is that he is still an honest cop.

  12. Deserttrek says:

    piece of garbage belongs in prison for the rest of his life. dirty cops are worse than criminals and I’m sure its not the first time.

  13. Vicki says:

    In 1985 I was in a near fatal accident near San Diego. Either the trooper or the tow truck driver took all my money and jewelry as well…when my husband started digging around he was told that its not an uncommon practice if they think you’re dead or dying…pitiful

  14. Kevin says:

    This is absolutely sad in many ways. I hope the judge gives him the maximum sentence especially since “Huntsman walked out of the courtroom with a big smile on his face following the hearing”. Let’s hope karma comes around on this idiot….

  15. Joejo says:

    wow what a sleazebag and Im sure he isnt the first.

  16. Sassyrigirl says:

    Just goes to prove the cops are worse than the criminals!!! I’ll take my chance with a criminal any day over a PIG!!!

  17. keith says:

    scumbag bastard. he should have got 50 years

  18. bill says:

    skumbag should do 10 years

  19. laughingatBpt says:

    The headline is a lie. He didn’t admit that he stole anything. He acknlowledged that he could be convicted. it’s not the same thing.

  20. JOHN p says:

    this is why we can no longer trust any police officer!!!!it sad ,because there are good policemen out there and they have to pay price .this cop not only stole from the died person.but he lied to to father.

  21. Cops like this hypocrite need to be drop shipped buck ass naked into the middle of ATTICA for a “attitude check”! Scum and the kind of “bad cop” that NEVER gets shot dead. To bad!

  22. Katina Cooper says:

    Upon careful reconsideration and rumors from the police that the judge will be pulled over some night and the official reason will be that the unidentified man was aggressive and the police had no choice, the judge will will put the officer on two weeks paid vacation. All other charges will be sealed for 50 years.

  23. This trooper should have gotten the full sentence. Sixteen years is a slap on the wrist for what he did. This is proof positive that justice is different for different people.

  24. Joe says:

    I wonder how much time a non-cop would have faced for staeling money and jewelry off of a dying person? The State Police are paid to serve and protect, not lie, cheat and steal. This trooper is a disgrace and a tremendous waste of tax payers money. Incidents of police mis-conduct are too frequent and the guilty should serve the maximum punishment allowed by law.

  25. Robert Crain says:

    Scumbag , he should get the 10 yr sentence and liar to boot, maybe when he gets out he can run for public office, On a ticket with John Rowland or Phil Giordano

  26. apalegreenhorse says:

    So this piece of smiling garbage, Huntsman, is still a trooper? Wow! 16 months? Thats fair, I guess. Huntsman’s job is to “protect and serve,” and someone else may need to be robbed while they lay dying helpless in the street, and Huntsman is the trooper to do it. 16 months? What a corrupt disgusting legal system that binds us. Administered by pigs.

  27. jsp81355 says:

    Low life scumbag that he is. I hope he gets what he has coming to him in prison.

  28. judy says:

    A 19 year veteran of the force huh? Something tells me this isn’t the first time he’s done something like this. I hope he at least loses his pension, something’s very wrong if he’s on the tax payers dollars after stealing from the very people who paid his salary!

  29. Ozymandius says:

    Scumbag. He’ll probably still get his pension too. These cops, ALL cops think that they are above the law and can do whatever they want.

  30. Observer says:

    A year and a half doesn’t seem like quite enough, I mean a crooked lying Trooper? Where is Paul Vance?

  31. BLKnPROUD says:

    And this is the kind of THUG we are to trust because he holds a badge

  32. David says:

    The first time the victim was mentioned: “The sentencing day comes one day before John Scalesse’s birthday.” There was, however, no previous mention of this person nor the fact that he was the victim, just randomly throwing out information as if we already knew who he was. Bravo, Daniel Tepfer.

  33. Charles says:

    This human trash should have received more than 16 months in jail. You have to figure the degenerate cop was doing this for years, but only got caught this one time. Smiling as he walked out of the courthouse. Hopefully someone he put in jail takes care of this dirtbag during the 16 months.

  34. Fct1273 says:

    The title of the article is puzzling. If, as is explained in the body of the article, the trooper pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine and thereby did not admit guilt, why say he did in the title?

  35. Bleve says:

    Nothing worse than a dirty cop…. Nice job idiot – You just pi$$ed away your state pension, and will be a convicted felon… Hope it was worth it…….

  36. Dave says:

    The real question is will he keep his pension,
    . The office is guilty of a felony regardless of THE DEAL struck

  37. andy55q says:

    Will now retire on a disability pension!!

  38. Riddler says:

    This is poor publishing/editing at best. Headline = “Trooper admits to stealing from dying motorcyclist”. Story then goes on to state “A plea made under the Alford Doctrine means Huntsman didn’t admit his guilt but conceded there was a good chance he could have been found guilty of the crime if he went to trial. The judge then found him guilty.”

    Therefore he did not admit guilt. At any rate, he got what he deserved,and even got off easy.