Reporting David Madden
By David Madden
TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – A suspended New Jersey state prison guard has admitted to pretending to be a cop, as he sought out prostitutes.
Fifty-one-year-old Juan Stevens of Burlington Township entered a guilty plea to a single count of official misconduct as part of a deal with state prosecutors.
“He’s admitted that he used his state-issued badge as a corrections officer to coerce prostitutes into giving him sexual services for free or at a discount,” Elie Honig, Director of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, said.
When Stevens was arrested back in March, he was suspended without pay from his job at the state prison in Trenton.
“The state and Mr. Stevens have agreed that his sentence should be five years in state prison, including a minimum of two years where he cannot possibly get parole,” Honig said.
Stevens will also be barred from state employment for the rest of his life. A Burlington County judge must approve the deal.
Formal sentencing is set for early January.