NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A former Plainfield police sergeant found guilty of official misconduct and criminal sexual contact was sentenced in the case Wednesday.
Samuel Woody, 43, was sentenced in Superior Court in New Brunswick to six years in prison.
The judge admonished the former officer during his sentencing, saying he had acted arrogantly and abused his position, The Star-Ledger reported.
A jury found the 12-year veteran guilty in December, 2012 of falsely accusing a woman of crimes and threatening her with jail unless she performed a sexual act.
Authorities said Woody arrested the 27-year-old resident on bogus theft and burglary charges in 2011.
Woody later met the woman and coerced her into removing some of her clothing while he performed a sex act on himself while in uniform, authorities said.
The charges against the woman were dismissed for lack of probable cause.
Woody must serve five years of his sentence before being eligible for parole.
Check Out These Other Stories From CBSNewYork.com:
- Fans Remember Elvis Presley 40 Years After ‘The King’s’ Death
- ‘She Wanted To Put Down Hate:’ Mourners Honor Charlottesville Victim At Memorial Service
- Rudy Giuliani Recovering From Emergency Knee Surgery
- ‘They Didn’t Care If I Was Alive Or Dead:’ Motorcyclist Hurt In Staten Island Hit-And-Run Speaks Out
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)