A state trooper in Hartford, Connecticut was caught stealing cash and jewelry from John Scalesse, a dying motorcycle accident victim. Now, that thief has lost his job, his pension, and he is serving time in prison.
State Attorney General George Jepsen announced that a Hartford Superior Court judge had approved the revocation of Trooper Aaron Huntsman’s pension.
He was caught on video recorded from his own cruiser, according to police. Detectives began an investigation after Scalesse’s family members came forward, looking for a more than $5,000 gold chain, $3,700 in cash, and clothing.
Huntsman was also forced to resign, after losing what would have been a $1,530 per month pension, due to start in 2024.
The move is unusual, as officers are rarely fired for nearly any infraction. When they are, retirement with their pension is the norm.
But a 2008 law permits the state to revoke the pensions of any state or municipal officials if they are convicted of crimes that are directly related to their jobs.
That makes Trooper Huntsman’s case apply, as he “was caught on his patrol car’s dash cam stealing $3,700 and a gold crucifix from John Scalesse as he lay dying after crashing his motorcycle on the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield in 2012,” according to local Fox 61.
Huntsman was sentenced to 5 years in prison (only 1 year mandatory) after a 19-year career as a police officer.