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Trooper accused of harassing women drivers forfeits job

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A New Jersey state police trooper accused of repeatedly pulling over women to ask them out on dates has agreed to forfeit his job as part of a plea deal to resolve the allegations.

According to the state attorney general's office, Eric Richardson, 32, of Camden, pleaded guilty Monday to illegally using an FBI database to obtain personal information about a motorist.

The state attorney general's office says a friend of Richardson’s asked him to do a "driver inquiry" on a woman the friend employed to see if her driver history revealed any warrants or drug activity.

Prosecutors will recommend Richardson receive a probation term when he's sentenced Aug. 3.

Authorities have said Richardson pulled over female drivers and threatened to arrest them unless they handed over their phone numbers.

He was suspended from his trooper's position after being charged in May 2017.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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