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Former Police Offficer Sentenced in Child Sex Crime

A former police officer has been sentenced to six years in state prison for a second degree attempted endangering the welfare of a child (attempted distribution of child pornography). James Haspel pleaded guilty and admitted that he had communicated through the Internet with a person he believed to be a 13-year-old girl and asked her to send him a nude photo of herself. The "girl" was actually an undercover officer from the New Jersey State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit.

In addition to his sentence, Haspel will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law upon his release from prison. He will be unable to return to his police position and will be ineligible for any type of public employment.

Haspel admitted that he communicated with the "girl" between December 2009 and May 2010, on occasion using the computer assigned to him for police business and while on duty at headquarters. The police investigating the case also charged that he had sent nude Webcam videos before asking the "girl" to send him a nude photo of herself.

Haspel was a detective in the Madison Borough Police Department for 25 years. He was arrested by the state police on May 11, 2010 and suspended without pay the following day.

Source:Newjerseytoday.net, "Former Madison Police Officer Sentenced For Seeking Nude Photo Of 13-Year-Old Girl", Dec, 16, 2011.

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