Cop cleared of molestation charges
Here’s an update to this story from last year:
Charges dropped, Miranda re-instated
As you can read below, last year “Bad Cop News” had a story about Hoboken Police Officer Michael Miranda and the child molestation charges against him. He was suspended from the force (with pay) while the case was being heard.
Hoboken411 learned that the charges were dropped last week, and Miranda returned to the job yesterday (yay! One more cop to handle the unruly 4th of July psychos!)
Miranda’s defense team indicated that one of the two girls who accused Miranda of inappropriate “touching,” had inconsistent testimony, and also added that some evidence wasn’t presented properly, so the judge dismissed the charges.
The prosecutors office indicated that the case can be heard again in the future, but offered no confirmation that will happen.
Oh – and while suspended, Miranda also saved a kayaker from drowning in the Raritan Bay.
(note: “Bad Cop News” website no longer in existence)
“Bad Cop News” picked up this story about a Hoboken officer charged with child molestation:
Cop charged and suspended
Police Officer Michael Miranda, 34, was suspended from the force after being arrested on the sexual assault charge by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit, officials said.
Miranda’s bail was set yesterday at $175,000, which he posted using property to secure a bond, officials said.
The crimes occurred between 2000 and 2005, starting when the younger girl was only 9, said Hudson County Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Debra Simon.
Prosecutors allege Miranda touched the girls and they touched him. The type of behavior alleged would likely have resulted in the lesser charge of criminal sexual contact, but the age of the victims resulted in its elevation to the second-degree crime.
Miranda was one of the 13 cops reprimanded in 2006 for slacking off on the job.
Can you imagine how all the “good cops” feel when one or more “bad cops” make the news in Hoboken?