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State Police charge trooper with stealing from dying crash victim

An 18-year veteran of the Connecticut State Police has been arrested for allegedly stealing jewelry and cash from a motorcyclist who was killed in a crash on Route 15 in Fairfield Sept. 22.

Aaron Huntsman, 43, whose address was list as 1111 Country Club Road, Middletown, was charged with two counts of larceny in the second degree, interfering with police and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. He was processed and released upon posting a $5,000 bond. He will be arraigned in Superior Court GA #2 Bridgeport on Dec. 10 to answer to the charges.

The address given by State Police is for its headquarters.

On Sept. 22, Huntsman was among the responders when a motorcycle ridden by John Scalesse, 50, of Orange, skidded into an O & G construction vehicle just south of Exit 44.

Police said it was evident at the scene that Scalesse had suffered “life-threatening” injuries, and that he died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Family members said jewelry, clothing and cash was missing. Clothing was recovered from the hospital.

State Police said it was determined that the jewelry had not been logged into evidence by the trooper investigating the fatal accident.

“State Police detectives conducted numerous interviews and examined evidence that resulted in the locating and seizure of a large amount of cash from the police cruiser of the investigating trooper,” Huntsman, according to a press release.

A warrant was obtained from state Superior Court in Bridgeport, and State Police arrested Huntsman at Troop I in Bethany on Nov. 29.

Huntsman’s police powers were suspended upon initiation of this investigation. Huntsman will also be subject to a corresponding internal affairs investigation.

 

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