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A police officer who pleaded guilty to a commercial bribery charge will serve no less than 15 months of probation, a choose has dominated.
Thomas M. McWain, 33, who was employed with the West Deptford Police Division, was initially accused of luring folks into drug arrests and in a single case referring an arrestee to a drug rehab program by which he had a monetary curiosity, however he pleaded earlier this 12 months to a third-degree cost unrelated to his police job.
McWain had a second job as a coach with the Shields Towards Habit, which teaches first responders methods to deal with overdoses and different addiction-related issues. He failed to tell his trainees that the proprietor of Shields additionally owned a drug rehab facility, based on his legal professional, which was a breach of his fiduciary obligations.
That cost wasn’t a part of his authentic 11-count indictment, which included official misconduct, laptop crime and record-tampering offenses. All of his different fees have been dismissed as a part of a plea settlement.
Authorities originally claimed McWain, whereas apparently posing as a civilian, requested folks to satisfy up with him and to convey medicine. He would then arrest them, investigators mentioned.
He allegedly arrested a person on drug fees in December 2016, then referred him to a drug rehab in California by which McWain had a monetary curiosity, based on his indictment. The officer agreed to get the costs dismissed if he attended this system, authorities had claimed.
McWain’s indictment additionally described false police reviews filed towards three folks following their arrests in April 2017.
When McWain discovered of the investigation, he “deleted textual content messages asking a person to convey medicine to the scene of a motorcar cease,” prosecutors beforehand alleged.
Following the plea deal, officers with the prosecutor’s workplace declined to debate the disposition of the unique fees.
“This was the conclusion of an intensive investigation and prosecution which led to the conviction of a sworn regulation enforcement officer who betrayed the general public belief,” county Prosecutor Charles Fiore mentioned in a February assertion on the case.
McWain was sentenced to 30 months of non-custodial probation beneath phrases of the plea settlement, however may apply for early termination at 15 months.
Whereas the plea “doesn’t contact upon” his job as a police officer, based on his plea paperwork, he nonetheless needed to forfeit his police job and any future public employment beneath phrases of the deal.
In an announcement earlier than his sentence was handed down throughout an internet court docket listening to July 31, McWain mentioned he took duty for his conduct and recounted his file as an officer who sought further coaching to be a greater cop.
McWain, who joined the West Deptford division in 2014, was the primary cop in Gloucester County to earn certification as a drug habit restoration coach and received a proclamation from the township for his efforts in 2016.
He’s additionally registered as a bone marrow donor and is a pending kidney donor to a Vietnam veteran from South Jersey, he informed the court docket.
“My intentions as a police officer and as an individual has at all times been to assist others,” McWain mentioned.
He’s struggling to search out new path and goal in his life, he mentioned, however is trying ahead to placing the case behind him.
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