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.

Gregory Edmundt Von Hess December 01, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Soo many questions here: why all the cash and jewelry on the person, how did family know he had it and report it so fast, where in the squadcar was it hidden, how many officers on the scene at the time, who arrived first etc etc. You take the good with the bad here. Many great officers out there along with pieces of s*** like this guy. Hold him to the letter of the law as anyone else would be for looting the dead. Set an example with him by having him do REAL time for this. From what I understand inmates have a special fondleness for cops in jail.
Tim Kelly December 02, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Many questions-Was he qualified to go to Afghanistan when he did his tour? Does 18 years of responding to car crashes have a negative effect on a man? Would it be better for police to be guilty until proven innocent than as our law now says 'innocent until proven guilty'? Should a first time offender be given the same consideration as other citizens if he is a policeman? Should we have a group of people who have not made mistakes cast stones?
HEH December 02, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Don't count on the State Police internal investigation to do the right thing here. They are "the good ole boys club" They will cover the ass of any other officer no matter how far out of the "legal guidlines" they go. I had a Sthby Police officer out and out lie on a police report,( three witnesses testified to this to Internal affairs) he broke several conduct laws, messed up paperwork that was very inportant two times. Lied to his commanding officer twice and after waiting 9 months for the internal affairs to make this right (as they said to me) that trooper also lied on his report and by the time I received it back the legal dept. at the Interanl affairs division had blacked out very import statements in the final report. If you think the Public Safety and interanl affairs dept. are there to help you ..THINK AGAIN!!
Kathy jean December 02, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? We don't have all of the facts !
. December 27, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Kathy Jean, take a walk through the D Block at Manson Youth Institute and tell me you believe that.


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