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CT State Trooper Heading To Prison For Stealing Items Off a Fatal Crash Victim

The trooper stole $3,000 in cash and a gold chain from the victim's body.

State Trooper Aaron Huntsman, 44, pleaded guilty to third-degree larceny and tampering with evidence Wednesday and will be heading to prison for more than a year, NBC Connecticut reports. 

Huntsman stole $3,000 and a gold chain from the body of John Scalesse, of Orange, who died in a car accident in Fairfield in September 2012, NBC reports. 

According to a Patch report at the time of the arrest, Huntsman, an 18-year Connecticut State Police veteran, was arrested in November 2012 on allegations he stole personal belongings from Scalesse’s body

According to a release from Lt. J. Paul Vance at the time, the crime took place on Sept. 22 while Huntsman was investigating the accident on the Merritt Parkway.

Huntsman, a trooper based out of Troop G in Bridgeport, was charged with two counts of third-degree larceny, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and interfering with police.

In a state police report, Vance said several first responder agencies were present on the scene of the accident, including state police, Fairfield fire, and EMS. 

Subsequent to this fatal accident, family members determined that certain personal property belonging to the deceased was not accounted for, including jewelry, clothing, and cash, Vance said. Family members were able to recover the clothing of the deceased from the hospital, but there were still missing items of value, according to the report.

State police initiated an investigation in an attempt to determine the location of the missing property. It was determined that the jewelry had not been logged into evidence by the Trooper investigating the fatal accident, Huntsman.

State Police Detectives conducted numerous interviews and examined evidence that resulted in the seizure of a large amount of cash from the police cruiser of the investigating Trooper. An arrest warrant was issued yesterday and Huntsman was taken into custody.

Huntsman's police powers were suspended upon initiation of this investigation, Vance said at the time. 


Aia July 18, 2014 at 06:51 PM
Accident September 2012, the wheels of justice they do turn slowly don't they? However, there is a lot to be said for the fact that the complaint was taken seriously, and the investigation was made and followed to a conclusion, however uncomfortable or embarrassing for the CSP. It should not be taken as a reflection on all troopers or police officers, since the majority of them are honest and are trying to do a good job, and their jobs are not always very much fun.
Jim Eastwood July 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM
RON VERY WELL PUT !!!! If all of those other Comments were done by so many so critical Then LET THEM TAKE THE TEST, GO THRU the TRAINING, PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR OTHERS< WALK THE WALK then CORRECT the Problem!!! To all who you going to call when you or your family is in trouble??? Yes this is ONE Situation and it has been corrected !!!!! IF YOU DON"T LIKE THE System then change it BUT ASK YOUR SELF How many CITIZENS have done the same thing????
Outlaw July 22, 2014 at 09:18 AM
To the people on here stating the police put their lives in danger with little pay is horse sh*t. They knew when they signed up to be an officer the dangers it presented. It was a conscious choice. Because you don't make a lot of money as a clerk in a fast food restaurant does not mean you have to steal to make up for it. Work harder. The other issue is where is this guy's photo? People's faces have been placed up here for simple petty theft. Meanwhile, this guy, who is supposed to be an officer of the law, doesn't get his mugshot placed on here.

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