Saturday, December 1, 2012

Connecticut State Trooper Steals Money And Jewelry From Dead Victim Of Motorcycle Accident


John Scalesse, owner of the JAS Masonry, LLC in Milford

John Scalesse (above), a 49-year-old Orange resident, died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield around midnight on Saturday morning, Sept. 22, 2012.  Scalesse, the owner of the JAS Masonry, LLC in Milford suffered fatal injuries after his motorcycle crashed into a construction company truck in the northbound lanes of Exit 44 on the Merritt in Fairfield. Scalesse's motorcycle, a 2001 Honda FLSTF, skidded into the rear of the truck about a half mile before the exit, police said.  When family of the accident victim noticed that some of his possessions were missing, they called the state police.  The Scalesse’s family determined that jewelry, clothing and cash were missing — including $3,000 in cash and a gold chain from the victim’s body. Upon investigation, it was determined that no jewelry was logged into evidence. Investigators found Scalesse's clothing at the hospital -- but the other items were missing.   Upon further investigation, a large amount of cash was found in the police cruiser of State Trooper Aaron Huntsman (picture below), who apparently swiped the items as Scalesse lay dying in the ambulance. 

Aaron Huntsman, CT State Trooper

Aaron Huntsman, who has since been suspended, was a vice president of the state police union for more than two years.  At the time of the accident, Huntsman was assigned to Troop G barracks in Bridgeport and he earned $111,967 in 2011, state records show, including often working overtime assignment at the front door of the Golden Hill Street courthouse in Bridgeport.

Huntsman was processed and released upon posting a $5,000 bond.  In comparison, when I, Goodman, was arrested for a non-violent, victim-less "crime" of drug possession, marijuana, my bail was set at $75,000.

If Huntsman is convicted and terminated from his state trooper position, he still could apply for his state pension when he is 65. Just how much he would receive is based on a number of factors including his average salary or his highest three years of pay.

He will be arraigned in Bridgeport Superior Court on Dec. 10.

Aaron Huntsman