A former Camden police officer was sentenced Thursday to 46 months in prison for conspiring with fellow officers to deprive others of their civil rights, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Jason Stetser, 34, of Waterford Township, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court. He admitted he conspired with Antonio Figaro, 36, of Camden; Dan Morris, 49, of Mount Laurel; and Kevin Parry, 32, of Brooklawn, to deprive others of their due process rights and their right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From May 2007 to October 2009, while on duty as a uniformed police officer with the Camden Police Department, Stetser engaged in a conspiracy with other Camden police officers to deprive individuals of their due process rights by charging them with planted evidence; threatening certain individuals with arrest using planted evidence if they did not cooperate with law enforcement; conducting illegal searches without a search warrant or consent; stealing money during illegal searches and arrests; paying for cooperation and information with illegal drugs; failing to report found drugs and stashing them to use as planted evidence; and preparing false police reports or testifying falsely in court to conceal his actions.