An Orange resident who died in a motorcycle accident on the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield Sept. 22, reportedly was victimized by a State Trooper who is accused of stealing a gold chain and $3,000 in cash from his body after the crash, according to a recently released report.
John Scalesse, 49, of Arrowhead Drive, Orange suffered severe head and internal injuries when his motorcycle skidded into the rear of an O & G Industries truck about a half mile before the northbound Exit 44.
Scalesse died in the ambulance enroute to St. Vincent’s Medical Center shortly after midnight.
A State Police investigation into the theft ensued after family members told police that clothing, cash and jewelry were missing from the body. According to police the clothing was later found at the hospital, but the other items could not be located.
The police powers of Trooper Aaron Huntsman, 43, of Fairfield were suspended at the beginning of the investigation.
During the probe, police found the missing jewelry which had not been logged into evidence by Trooper Aaron Huntsman, an 18-year veteran of the force, who was assigned to the Troop G Barracks in Bridgeport at the time of the incident.
State police also found a large amount of cash in the trooper’s police car.
Police obtained an arrest warrant for Huntsman, who surrendered himself at Troop I in Bethany today (Nov. 29) after being told there was a warrant for his arrest.
Huntsman was charged with two counts of third-degree larceny, interfering with police and tampering with evidence. He was released after posting $5,000 bail for court Dec. 10.
According to police, Huntsman also will be subject to an internal affairs investigation.