Former Madison Detective Receives 6-Year Sentence

Chatham resident pleaded guilty to charges he solicited a nude photo from detective posing as a 13-year-old girl.

Former detective and Chatham resident James N. Haspel, 50, was sentenced Friday to six years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Thomas V. Manahan for soliciting a nude photo online from a person he believed was a 13-year-old girl.

Haspel –attempted distribution of child pornography.

In pleading guilty, Haspel admitted that he engaged in Internet communications in which he solicited a person he believed to be a 13-year-old girl to send him a nude photo of herself, according to the Office of Attorney General Paula T. Dow. In reality, the person was an undercover detective of the New Jersey State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit. Previously, the State Police charged that Haspel, on more than one occasion, transmitted webcam videos of himself with his genitals exposed to the person he believed was a 13-year-old girl.

Haspel forfeited his job as a police officer as a result of his guilty plea and will be permanently barred from public employment. He will be subject to registration as a sex offender under Megan’s Law, according to Dow's office. 

Haspel admitted that between December 2009 and May 2010 he communicated online with a person he believed to be a 13-year-old girl, including communications that occurred while on duty at police headquarters using a computer supplied by the borough for official police business.

Haspel, who was employed by the Madison Borough Police Department for 25 years, was arrested by the New Jersey State Police on May 11, 2010.

“It is shocking that a police officer would communicate online in a sexually explicit way with someone he believed to be a 13-year-old girl,” Dow said in a release. “He betrayed his badge as well as any standard of decency.

Andrew Kaplan December 16, 2011 at 11:38 PM
Rules of decorum prevent me from properly responding to this, but suffice it say justice was served.
Madison Cyclist December 17, 2011 at 12:45 PM
Agreed. Being a pedophile and a former police officer, these will be 6 very difficult years for him.
Chatham Resident Too December 20, 2011 at 09:29 PM
It's not shocking. Why do we still think that ANY occupation is immuned to such crimes. That's kind of the point isn't it, that we don't know who they are and they are often hard to detect - since most of them do these things in the privacy of their own homes. Yes, it's always "shocking" when it is a Priest or a police officer, but no less likely I'm afraid. I had a summer job while in college in the 1980's as a security guard, and our superior was nasty, by-the-book, and a total pain to work with. We all hated him. And one of the guards took great pleasure the following Fall to call and tell me that he had been arrested for exposing himself to little girls in No. Jersey. You think any of us saw that coming ?


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