- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - An appeals court has upheld the firing of a New Jersey police officer who had a sexual relationship with a woman he arrested on drug charges.

The court denied former Asbury Park police officer Antonio Martinez’ appeal on Monday.

Martinez admitted having sexual relations with a woman he arrested in 2014. The woman’s charges included possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Officials say Martinez fostered a personal relationship with the woman after she refused an offer to become an informant. Police say Martinez took the woman to the hospital when a needle was stuck in her arm. The pair later had sex on separate occasions.

An earlier ruling found that Martinez violated department rules and committed conduct unbecoming of a public employee.

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