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Former Plainfield cop sentenced for misconduct

4-9-14

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A former Plainfield police sergeant has been sentenced to six years in prison after being found guilty of falsely accusing a woman of crimes and threatening her with jail unless she performed a sexual act.

The Union County prosecutor’s office says Samuel Woody was sentenced on Wednesday in Superior Court in New Brunswick.

Prosecutors say Woody arrested a 27-year-old resident on bogus theft and burglary charges in 2011. Authorities say Woody later met the woman and coerced her into removing some of her clothing while he performed a sex act on himself while in uniform. A jury found him guilty in December 2013 on charges of official misconduct and criminal sexual contact.

The 44-year-old Woody had been with the department for 12 years.