Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced that a Madison Borough police officer was arrested today on charges he exposed himself using a Webcam to an undercover detective he believed was a 13-year-old girl. According to Director Taylor, James N. Haspel, 49, of Chatham, N.J., was arrested by the New Jersey State Police on his way to work this morning. He was charged by complaint warrant with official misconduct (2nd degree), attempting to endanger the welfare of a child (3rd degree), and attempting to transmit obscene materials to a person under 16 years old (3rd degree). Haspel holds the rank of detective and has been employed by the Madison Borough Police Department for 25 years.
The complaint alleges that between December 2009 and May 2010, Haspel, on more than one occasion, transmitted Webcam videos of himself with his genitals exposed to a person he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. In fact, the person was an undercover detective. Haspel is charged with official misconduct because he allegedly sent such videos from a hotel in Columbus, Ohio, where he was attending a training conference for the police department, and because he allegedly communicated with the “girl” while on duty at police headquarters using a computer supplied by the borough for official police business.