- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) - An appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former Plainfield police sergeant who was found guilty of falsely accusing a woman of crimes and threatening her with jail unless she performed a sexual act.

Samuel Woody claimed the prosecutor’s closing argument denied him a fair trial and he should have faced lesser charges.

Woody is serving a six-year prison sentence for official misconduct and criminal sexual contact.

Prosecutors say Woody arrested a 27-year-old resident on bogus theft and burglary charges in 2011. Authorities say Woody later met the woman and coerced her into removing some of her clothing while he performed a sex act on himself while in uniform.

Woody had been with the department for 12 years.

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