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State Trooper Charged with Stealing from Victim of Fatal Accident

The Trooper was arrested today and has been stripped of his police powers.

An 18-year Connecticut State Police veteran was arrested today on allegations that he stole personal belongings from a person who died in an accident on the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield.

According to a release from Lt. J. Paul Vance,

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 report just released by state police, 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 today, at Troop I.

Huntsman was processed and released upon posting a $5,000 bond. He will be arraigned in Bridgeport Superior Court on Dec. 10.

Huntsman's police powers were suspended upon initiation of this investigation, Vance said, and he will also be subject to a corresponding internal affairs investigation.

Justine Walsh November 30, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Where is the integrity of this officer? And the police motto is to "protect and serve", this doesn't mean, to protect & serve, yourself-severing-selfish-needs!!! Totally annoyed with veteran officer!!!! Way to go to officer Huntsman, you just revictimized, the family who lost a family member!!!!
Grumpy Guy November 30, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Shocking and shameful. What a black eye for the State Police to have one of their own act in such a callous, heartless manner.
Sue B. November 30, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Serve and protect they say.... What a disgrace it is to read this. My heart goes out to the family of the victim in that fatal accident , for the loss of their loved one, and then learning that the one person who was thought to be trusted the most, was stealing from a person who had just lost their life. This hopefully will haunt him the rest of his life. He should be locked up and treated like dirt because that's all he is. Police departments need to start really looking at their officers more carefully. There's a lot of good ones that do their jobs, but that badge now a days seems to hold an awful lot of power when it worn, but we are all the se at the end of the day.
Robert Middlebrook November 30, 2012 at 06:07 PM
What a scum bag. I hope they split his head open in prison and he ends up being the wife of the biggest gorilla in the joint.
Alicia December 08, 2012 at 10:39 PM
When you read the affidavit it makes you hate the guy even more... What a rotten human being. Link: http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Trooper-charged-with-stealing-3-700-from-dying-4090463.php

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