The Lakewood, NJ Police and the Ocean County Prosecutor recently announced the arrest of Lakewood Officer Jeremy Felder for Official Misconduct. Official Misconduct is a second degree felony, with a punishment of 5-10 years in prison. N.J. Stat. § 2C:30-2.
After Felder was indicted and arrested, he was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the trial. The charges against the original subject were dropped due to the misconduct.
Felder is accused of committing an illegal search in the Lakewood case, but had earlier been involved in the illegal arrest of Anthony Bell while Felder was an officer in Jackson Township. The township settled the inevitable lawsuit for $95,000 while admitting no fault. Felder was hired by Lakewood shortly thereafter, at a significant pay cut.