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Fla. Cops Accused of Kinky Traffic Stop

August 12, 2013  | 

Prosecutors are hitting a Lauderhill (Fla.) Police officer where it hurts, charging him with a felony for getting a female drunken driver to punch him in the genitals, according to the Broward State Attorney's Office.

Because he liked it, prosecutors said, the officer is being charged with unlawful compensation, defined as the obtaining of an illegal benefit for performing or declining to perform a public duty—in this case, arresting the driver.

A second officer in the case is being accused of having sex with the passenger of the same car, all the while threatening to arrest her as well.

Officers Thomas Merenda and Franklin Hartley turned themselves in Thursday night. Both are charged with unlawful compensation, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and battery, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days, stemming from a May 24, 2012, encounter with the two women, who had been drinking at the Vegas Cabaret strip club on University Drive.

Read the full Sun-Sentinel story.

Tags: Vehicle Stops, Sex On Duty, Lauderhill (Fla.) PD, Officer Misconduct


Comments (8)

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Cool hand Luke @ 8/13/2013 6:26 AM

Just makes all of us in LE look real bad.

Steve @ 8/13/2013 1:19 PM

I can't put it any plainer than just... WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE!! Whenever I hear " How stupid can someone be?"... I ALWAYS say " Wait till tomorrow. You'll see." Because today's stupidity will always be one upped, the next day.

Janet @ 8/13/2013 1:40 PM

They could have waited to get off duty and out of uniform. They couldn't have been that "HORNY". That was really stupid.!!!!!!!!!

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/13/2013 6:29 PM

This should be in the news of the weird but seeing it happened in Florida I actually found it not that surprising. I just wonder how it even came to light since neither the driver nor the passenger were ever charged with anything. You don't think they recorded it on the dash cam do you?? They couldn't be that stupid!

Bigguns45acp @ 8/14/2013 2:42 AM

If these alleged charges prove to be true, then these guys should be put away for a long time. What about On Body Uniform cams or voice recorders? Even our small town (2300 citizen) police dept has them. I wonder if either of these guys ever worked for Bill Clinton? Seriously guys keep it in your pants! Like Janet said, at least until your off duty and out of uniform!

Chuck @ 8/14/2013 11:14 AM

I'm speechless. From which cesspool did they recruit these two scumbags from?

GB @ 8/16/2013 5:52 PM

Enjoy your jail cells men..errr..I ment fools.

K.b. @ 3/1/2014 11:07 PM

I know tom and no he doesn't like to be kicked in the balls. Funny thing about this is that the girls aren't the one who made the complaint, it was a co worker of the officers! He (meaning the officers co worker who is a sgt) and the women know each other very well. It took over a year to file charges bc the state had no DNA evidence and they wanted tom to turn on his partner which he wouldn't do bc nothing happened. The girls didn't want to have them charged with armed sexual battery just sexual battery. If I was raped I sure as heck would want that person to be charged with everything in the book. Just you wait for this outcome... It's a crock of cr**!

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