The media is playing this off as KINKY COP WANTS TO BE PUNCHED IN THE JUNK and are ignoring the part where he is married with kids and is pulling women over and telling them he is going to arrest them if they don't blow him.
Lauderhill cops accused of kinky traffic stop - OrlandoSentinel.com
Prosecutors are hitting a Lauderhill cop where it hurts, charging him with a felony for getting a female drunken driver to punch him in the genitals, according to the Broward State Attorney's Office.
Because he liked it, prosecutors said, the officer is being charged with unlawful compensation, defined as the obtaining of an illegal benefit for performing or declining to perform a public duty – in this case, arresting the driver.
A second officer in the case is being accused of having sex with the passenger of the same car, all the while threatening to arrest her as well.
Officers Thomas Merenda and Franklin Hartley turned themselves in Thursday night. Both are charged with unlawful compensation, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and battery, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days, stemming from a May 24, 2012, encounter with the two women, who had been drinking at the Vegas Cabaret strip club on University Drive.
Merenda's lawyer, Eric Schwartzreich, said the charges against his client were baffling.
"The only thing that's nuts here is the prosecution of this case and the way it's been filed," Schwartzreich said.
According to prosecutors, Hartley, 32, stopped the women in their car after they left the club and, threatening to arrest the driver, ordered them to follow him to the parking lot of a nearby mall. That's where Merenda, 35, met up with them.
According to arrest reports, Hartley ordered the passenger to perform oral sex on him, then had intercourse with her. Merenda's request, according to the reports, was less time-consuming: "Officer Merenda asked the victim [name withheld] to punch him in the 'nuts,' meaning genital area."
Merenda, "who at the time of the incident was an on-duty public servant, did intentionally, unlawfully and corruptly request and accept the benefit of having the victim… strike him in the groin by threatening arrest, citation or seizure," according to Merenda's arrest report.
Hartley faces two unlawful compensation charges – one for having sex with the passenger, and the other for encouraging the driver to punch Merenda. "Tom really enjoys this," he reportedly told the driver.
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