NEW JERSEY (PIX11) – A New Jersey police officer was arrested on charges of exposing himself to multiple young male drivers over a seven-month period.
Jason Miller, 37, faces official misconduct and lewdness charges. The officer, who worked with the Newton Police Department since 2001, allegedly exposed himself to motorists and then let them go – even if some of them should have been ticketed.
An affidavit of probable cause, obtained by The Smoking Gun, details Miller’s encounters with drivers aged 18 to 26.
On March 18, 2014, Miller stopped a man only identified as C.S. at 12:58 a.m. The 26-year-old was driving over the speed limit. C.S. admitted to Miller he consumed alcohol and was driving from a bar, but the officer let him go. Upon reviewing MVR tapes, investigators noticed what appeared to be the sound of Miller’s zipper opening or closing.
On Sept. 2, Miller stopped an 18-year-old male only identified as J.A. The man noticed Miller’s zipper was down and saw what he believed to be his genitals. The 18-year-old said the officer was either wearing pink or flesh-colored underwear or none at all.
Miller let J.A. go without a ticket, even though the 18-year-old said his registration and insurance were both expired. As the officer walked back to his vehicle, J.A. noticed Miller zip up his pants in his rear view mirror.
J.A.’s girlfriend confirmed the incident and told investigators Miller’s “junk was hanging out.” Review of MVR tapes also suggests Miller’s zipper was down and he placed his hand inside its opening.
In another incident, a 23-year-old male identified as K.K. said the officer asked him strange questions during two stops. Miller allegedly asked if the man noticed his zipper was down during the first stop. K.K. responded no and upon being let go, he continued to drive his friend home.
After he dropped his friend off, K.K. noticed Miller had been following him. The officer allegedly pulled up next to the man and motioned him to open his windows. When he did, Miller asked if K.K. noticed his zipper was down a second time.
When K.K. said no, Miller apparently asked if he was dropping off his boyfriend. The man said no and the officer let him go. Surveillance video of these incidents also suggested Miller’s zipper was down on both occasions.
A man identified as A.B. also gave a similar account of Miller during his traffic stop the evening of Oct. 22.
The investigation is ongoing, but Miller is currently free on $35,000 bail.