Knucklehead Award Friday Part Eight
Our eigth winner is James Michael Jackson, a police officer with the New Jersey state Department of Human Services. He gets the award for the following.
MANCHESTER, N.J. - A police officer who claimed he was conducting his own prostitution sting and strip search ended up being the one arrested. Authorities arrested James Michael Jackson, a police officer with the state Department of Human Services, and charged him with sexual assault and sexual misconduct for the so-called sting.
According to authorities, Jackson, 34, of Toms River, arranged through a service for a woman to meet him Wednesday at a local hotel in Manchester.
When she arrived, Jackson, carrying a badge and gun, told her she was under arrest. He made her take off her clothes and consent to a body cavity search before letting her go, said Ocean County Assistant Prosecutor Martin Anton.
The prosecutor said Jackson overstepped his bounds as a law enforcement official when he placed the female prostitute under arrest and performed a strip search.
As a police officer, Jackson had authority to make arrests, but not through an undercover operation of his own, Anton said.
"And a male to strip-search a female is just not done," he added.
The woman reported the incident to authorities the next day, after she talked to law enforcement officers she knew who said Jackson's behavior was illegal.
Jackson had been a police officer with Human Services for about six years.
I don't work in law enforcement but know that a male doing a strip search of a woman just isn't done. James Michael Jackson should lose his job for what he did, but first he is today's 8th Knucklehead of the day.
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