Sunday, September 27, 2015

Ex Lakewood cop sentenced in cover up

TOMS RIVER – Jeremy Felder walked out of court on Friday with what some would say was a mere slap on the wrist. But Felder’s attorney said the 29-year-old Old Bridge man had already received punishment for the crime he committed – he lost the job he loved. That job was police work. The crime was covering up an illegal search. Superior Court Judge Wendel E. Daniels barred Felder, 29, a former Lakewood police officer, from ever working in law enforcement in New Jersey again.

Daniels also sentenced Felder to one year on probation for tampering with a document in order to conceal what was an illegal search he committed in 2013.

Felder pleaded guilty June 25 to tampering with a record to hinder his own prosecution.

In court that day, Felder acknowledged that he and his partner stopped a car in Lakewood on Aug. 31, 2013 and searched it without first getting a warrant. The search was committed after the driver and passenger were arrested on outstanding warrants.

Felder and his partner found heroin and a hypodermic needle in the car. Only after that discovery did Felder obtain permission from the occupants to conduct the search, Felder acknowledged in court on the day he entered his guilty plea. When he did fill out a form for the vehicle’s occupants to sign, indicating they had given their permission for the search, Felder misrepresented the time the document was executed to make it look like the permission had been granted 16 minutes earlier — before he and his partner had searched the car, he admitted. read more at APP

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