MAYS LANDING — Two former Atlantic City police officers were sentenced to two years probation Friday for official misconduct.
Sgt. Richard Halvorson, 42, who joined the department in 1989, was sentenced after pleading guilty in November to being in uniform while using crack cocaine.
Officer Troy Maven, 32, was also sentenced to probation following his November admission to paying a woman in return for sexual favors while on duty Aug. 17.
Official misconduct is a third-degree offense.
In Halvorson’s case, Judge Michael Donio said the FBI notified the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office of illegal activity in Atlantic City, which led to the investigation.
At the time, Halvorson was a member of the city’s Bomb Squad.
“I’m looking forward to putting this behind me and looking forward to my future,” Halvorson said.
Donio said Maven was in uniform when he offered $40 to a woman to perform oral sex while in his patrol car.
Both were also sentenced to 50 hours community service, and will need to submit to urine samples and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings twice a week.
As a result of the guilty plea, both have forfeited any future public employment. The forfeiture, Donio said, is a hefty price to pay and resulted in a lower probationary period from the maximum of five.
Since neither officer had a criminal record, jail was waived, Donio said.
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