- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) - A southern New Jersey police officer will not have to serve a prison term for using his position to engage in sexual conduct with a female informant.

Steven Hadley received a suspended five-year term when he was sentenced Friday.

Hadley, who served 10 years on the Egg Harbor City force, had pleaded guilty in October to official misconduct as part of a plea bargain with Atlantic County prosecutors. In return, they agreed to dismiss four other counts of official misconduct.

Hadley was paralyzed in a car crash that occurred on Sept. 24, 2013, the same day the charges were filed against him. Authorities have said Hadley’s pickup left the Garden State Parkway and struck a tree.

The 32-year-old Port Republic resident spent seven months in the hospital following the crash.

The Press of Atlantic City reported that the woman Hadley had the sexual relationship with became an informant after a drug arrest. From April to May in 2013, she made drug purchases.

Besides the suspended sentence, Hadley also will forfeit his pension rights and will be barred from holding public employment in the state.

In issuing the sentence, state Superior Court Judge Michael Donio said that having Hadley serve a prison term would be a serious injustice. The judge noted the former officer’s medical problems along with his cooperation, guilty plea and public service.

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