December 6, 2012
A Connecticut state trooper is charged with stealing $3,700 cash and a gold chain from a man killed in a motorcycle accident, prosecutors said.
Trooper First Class Aaron Huntsman, 43, an 18-year veteran of the force, was the lead investigator of a Sept. 22 crash in Fairfield, Conn., that killed John Scalesse Jr., 49, of Orange, Conn. Prosecutors said a dashboard camera in Huntsman’s patrol car offers evidence Huntsman took the cash and chain — then was one of two troopers who went to Scalesse’s mother’s home to inform her of his death, the Hartford Courant said Wednesday.
While investigating the scene, Huntsman, the ranking officer, asked a paramedic transporting Scalesse if there was a wallet on him. Noticing a bulge in his pocket, the paramedic cut open his pants, revealing a large wad of cash and some credit cards. One trooper told the paramedic to put the cash back in the man’s pocket, but Scalesse said he would take the money for evidence. The same was done for a gold chain found on the ground at the accident scene.