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Naked Cop Exonerated by Superior Court Judge


— January 9, 2007

EDISON [New Jersey] – A state Superior Court judge overturned the conviction of former Edison Patrolman Ioannis Mpletsakis on Jan. 3, nullifying a conviction for hindering apprehension in Dunellen Municipal Court in June.

Judge Melvin L. Gelade overturned the conviction on appeal, citing that the defendant broke no laws after leaving the scene of an accident in July 2005. . . .

[M]pletsakis was driving home from a friend’s house when he struck the rear end of a box truck on Route 27 in Edison. Mpletsakis had been driving naked because his swimming trunks had gotten wet while swimming in a friend’s pool.

After the accident, Mpletsakis left the scene of the accident naked and was found by Edison police hiding in a bush. According to previous reports, the officer who found Mpletsakis took him home to get clothes before returning him to the scene of the accident, a process that took nearly 30 minutes.

Details here from the Edison Sentinel.


EDISON [New Jersey] – A state Superior Court judge overturned the conviction of former Edison Patrolman Ioannis Mpletsakis on Jan. 3, nullifying a conviction for hindering apprehension in Dunellen Municipal Court in June.

Judge Melvin L. Gelade overturned the conviction on appeal, citing that the defendant broke no laws after leaving the scene of an accident in July 2005. . . .

[M]pletsakis was driving home from a friend’s house when he struck the rear end of a box truck on Route 27 in Edison. Mpletsakis had been driving naked because his swimming trunks had gotten wet while swimming in a friend’s pool.

After the accident, Mpletsakis left the scene of the accident naked and was found by Edison police hiding in a bush. According to previous reports, the officer who found Mpletsakis took him home to get clothes before returning him to the scene of the accident, a process that took nearly 30 minutes.

Details here from the Edison Sentinel.

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