Edison police officer reinstated after being fired over ‘lingerie incident’
An Edison police officer is allowed back on the job in the wake of an investigation into allegations that he pressured a woman to model lingerie for him while he was in uniform, NJ Advance Media has reported.
Superior Court Judge Douglas K. Wolfson reinstated Anthony Sarni, of Edison, who sued the department after claiming that the investigation into the Sept. 2012 was flawed by deadlines that were missed and an internal affairs investigation that was compromised by improper questions being asked. Wolfson said Sarni believed the questions he was asked were of a criminal nature, not administrative.
The judge said Sarni's behavior was deplorable but not grounds for firing. The township will have to pay Sarni's legal bills and back pay.
Sarni's lawyer Steven Cahn Sarni's told the newspaper that Sarni is "anxious to get back to work serving the residents of the township. He wants to get back to work.