A police officer was suspended without pay after he ran a woman's license plates and then contact her on facebook.
It was a smart move by a South Jersey police officer, but the creepy scheme to flirt with a woman on Facebook could land him in jail for up to 10 years, officials from the Office of the Camden County Prosecutor, announced on Monday.
Jeffrey Tyther, 44, was on duty at Voorhees, when he saw a woman pass by on the road, so he then pulled his police car behind her car, Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the attorney of the county said.
Tyther stopped and greeted the woman, although the two did not exchange words.
Tyther apparently thought he had found romance on the road and passed the license plates of the vehicle on the State Police Motor Vehicle database to find her information in order to contact her on Facebook, He sent the woman a friend’s request two days later which she ignored, Laughlin said.
After that, Tyther emailed the woman and identified himself as the officer who waved to her while driving.
The woman, whom authorities did not identify, but said she is in her 20s, told a coworker about the strange encounter, and she contacted police. Information on the database of motor vehicles is only for criminal investigations, and Tyther did not pull the woman over or given her a ticket.
Tyther, a veteran of the department of 14 years, was suspended without pay from the police department, Laughlin said.
He surrendered to police on charges of theft of equipment in the second degree and one count in the fourth degree of violating the Motor Vehicle Registry. He was released on a citation.