Connecticut State Trooper Aaron Huntsman, 43, has been charged with larceny for allegedly stealing jewelry and cash from the victim of a fatal motorcycle crash on Sept. 22. There is perhaps no greater violation of public trust for an offer than the robbery of a deceased victim. If convicted, for that reason, Huntsman would likely face heavy aggravators on sentencing, pushing the sentence higher.
The 18-year veteran of the department is accused of robbing John Scalesse, 49, after he died from injuries sustained in the crash. The Scalesse’s family determined that jewelry, clothing and cash were missing — including $3,000 in cash and a gold chain from the victim’s body.
Upon investigation, it was determined that no jewelry was logged into evidence. Later, a large amount of cash was found in the trooper’s police cruiser.
That led to two counts of third-degree larceny, interfering with police and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
Huntsman’s state police salary is actually quite high: $80,000. He made almost $112,000 in 2011.