Police are investigating allegations made against the Newton officer (Justin Miller) charged with exposing himself to motorists at traffic stops as well as beating a woman during an arrest. Newton Police Chief Michael Richards said “We’re aware of his concerns regarding the matter, and it’s something that’s currently under investigation.”
Richards provided an account of the incident by email that said patrol officers responded to the Newton Medical Center at 2:49 a.m. Oct. 19 “at the request of the hospital staff for a report of a female out of control and refusing to leave the emergency room.” Officers were told 24-year-old Emily D. Blohm (Santana) of Wantage was refusing to leave, at stared by the Chief. When the officers asked Blohm to leave, “she became disorderly and resisted the officers attempts to handcuff her and to remove her,” the email stated. Blohm (Santana) was transported to the police station, and was released after being served complaints for defiant trespass, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. On Oct. 28, David Santana made a complaint regarding the treatment of his wife while he was a patient receiving treatment in the emergency room, the chief’s email said. “The Police Department is currently conducting an internal review of the matter including interviews of all witnesses and review of video recordings and will inform them both of the outcome,” it said.
According to a report posted by NJ Advance Media on Monday, Miller, a patrolman since 2001, he has been indefinitely suspended without pay pending the outcome of the luring and misconduct case.
He was accused of allegedly approaching male drivers during traffic stops; exposing his genitals “to satisfy his prurient interests” and then letting them leave without issuing traffic summonses, according to a police complaint. He was suspended, and eventually charged, after police received anonymous tips and reviewed patrol car video recordings to verify them, authorities said.
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