A New Jersey State Trooper reportedly admitted to pulling women over and asking them out on dates.
According to WNBC, Marquice Prather, 37, pleaded guilty Monday to invasion of privacy, tampering with physical evidence, and falsifying or tampering with records. The trooper would pull over female motorists to ask them out then modify records to hide his actions.
Prather was suspended without pay in December after an internal investigation uncovered “a pattern of pulling over women, ranging in age from 18 to 42, and soliciting them to go on a date with him or give him their phone numbers,” according to the state Attorney General’s Office.
Authorities said that Prather confessed to searching several female motorists’ phones “without justification,” New Jersey Advance Media reported. On some occasions, police said he “reproduced intimate photos and videos of the women.”
The 37-year-old also admitted to disposing of suspected marijuana he confiscated from a female driver and erroneously reporting the genders of the motorists to conceal his sketchy behavior.
The ex-trooper’s attorney, Melvin Wright, denied that his client pulled over women to get dates. Wright claimed that Prather took the phones because the drivers stored their insurance information electronically.
The defense attorney conceded that, in some cases, his client would forward nude photos located on the women’s phones to friends. He went on to say that Prather regretted his actions.
Under the plea agreement, Prather is permanently banned from public office or employment. The State will also recommend that Prather is sentenced to probation, WABC reported.
Prather isn’t the only trooper being prosecuted for this kind of unethical conduct. Charges against a second trooper, Eric Richardson, are currently pending, according to the local paper.
Prather’s sentencing is scheduled for December 8.
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