Cop pleads guilty, pays fine, keeps job after slapping guy in bunny suit

SPARTA — The Hopatcong police officer who slapped a bunny-suited, airhorn-toting prankster last fall cut a deal Monday in which he pleaded guilty to harassment and was allowed to keep his job.

Officer Nicholas Maresca Jr. was fined $500 during a 10-minute appearance during Municipal Court Judge John E. Mulhern.

The same fine was meted out April 20 to Kevin Hemmerich, 29, who admitted to disorderly conduct for his role in a bizarre confrontation at police headquarters Nov. 17 that was caught on video.

Before accepting the plea, Mulhern briefly addressed Maresca.

“Did you at that time and in that place …read more

Source: NJ.com Sussex

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