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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have filed more charges against a suspended New Jersey police officer accused of setting fire to his police captain’s home.

Michael Dotro is accused of illegally accessing police computer records, slashing a woman’s car tires, possessing illegal weapons and buying marijuana while in uniform and on duty as an Edison police officer.

Authorities say a search of Dotro’s duty bag revealed the marijuana along with a set of brass knuckles and a small club known as a blackjack.

Prosecutors say the 36-year-old engaged in a pattern of official misconduct.

Dotro has pleaded not guilty to aggravated arson and attempted murder charges stemming from a fire at the Monroe Township home of Police Capt. Mark Anderko.

Authorities claim Dotro was angry about a recent transfer and a forced psychological evaluation.

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