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Ex-Plainfield Officer Gets 6 Years For Official Misconduct, Criminal Sexual Contact

Samuel Woody (credit: Union County Prosecutor's Office)

Samuel Woody (credit: Union County Prosecutor’s Office)

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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.

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