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New York State Trooper Arrested For Official Misconduct

po.jpgThe New York State Police has arrested Trooper Lester C. Hooper, following a joint investigation with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.  He was arrested by
members of the State Police Internal Affairs Bureau.

The arrest was the culmination of a three month investigation into allegations that Hooper falsely issued five traffic tickets in three different jurisdictions to a subject he never stopped.  The investigation revealed that Trooper Hooper issued these tickets to the
complainant as retribution for a parking dispute that occurred two days prior to the issuance of the tickets.

Trooper Hooper is being charged in Westchester County with 3 counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing, an E Felony; 3 counts of Issuing a False Certificate, an E felony; and 3 counts of Official Misconduct, a Class A Misdemeanor.

He is to be arraigned in the White Plains City Court, and the Harrison and Greenburgh Town Courts, three courts to which Hooper wrote the false summonses.

Trooper Hooper joined the State Police in February 2005 and he is assigned to Troop T on the New York State Thruway at Tarrytown, New York. Trooper Hooper was immediately suspended without pay, pending the outcome of the ongoing criminal investigation.

(YWN Desk)

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