A central New Jersey police detective who requested sexual favors from a woman he had arrested late last year has been sentenced to five years probation.

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Thirty-three-year-old Philip Emanuele, a Brick Township resident who served with the Eatontown police force for the past eight years, pleaded guilty last month to charges of criminal coercion and tampering with physical evidence. Besides the probation sentence, he also forfeited his job and is barred from seeking public employment in New Jersey.

Emanuele, a married father of two, sought the favors from the woman, who is in her 20s, after arresting her on a theft charge in December. She declined his request.

Emanuele also flushed drugs he had seized from her down a toilet at police headquarters.


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