Trooper accused of releasing woman in exchange for phone number pleads to lesser charge

Eric Richardson avoids jail time but is banned from public employment

Molly Daly
June 11, 2018 - 8:25 pm
The investigation into 32 year-old Eric Richardson's conduct started when a motorist complained he had repeatedly pulled her over and tried to harass her into an intimate relationship.

New Jersey Attorney General’s Office

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CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A New Jersey state trooper from Camden pleaded guilty Monday to illegally using an FBI database to get personal information about a motorist for a friend. 

In exchange for the plea, he'll avoid jail time, but will be permanently barred from public employment and put on probation, after he was found to have abused his position of authority in even more disturbing ways.

The investigation into 32 year-old Eric Richardson's conduct started when a motorist complained he had repeatedly pulled her over and tried to harass her into an intimate relationship. He reportedly pressured her for her phone number, texted her multiple times and then stopped her a few weeks later to see if she had the same number and was receiving his texts.  

He is accused of doing the same with a second woman, who was driving with a suspended license and registration and was wanted on warrant. He threatened to arrest her if she didn't give him her number. 

When she complied, he let her go despite the active warrant, and then falsely reported that he pulled over a man. 

Richardson is not to have any contact with the victims and must pay restitution if they need counseling because of his conduct.

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CORRECTION: A previous version of the headline for this story suggested Richardson admitted to pulling over women and pressuring them for their phone numbers. What he admitted to was illegally using an FBI database to get personal information about a motorist for a friend. It was unclear if he dispited the accusations.