A state trooper in Hartford Connecticut was caught stealing cash and jewelry from a dying motorcycle accident victim. Now, that trooper is in hot water.
State Attorney General George Jepsen said on Thursday that a Hartford Superior Court judge had just approved the revocation of Trooper Aaron Huntsman’s pension.
Huntsman was additionally 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 also sentenced to a year in prison, after a 19-year career as a police officer.