Judge: Trooper can't be asked about sexual actions

July 31, 2008 7:15:00 PM PDT
A federal judge has temporarily barred state police officials from questioning one of seven troopers recently cleared of sexual assault allegations. The unidentified trooper claimed his constitutional rights would be violated if he was forced to meet with internal affairs investigators to discuss his off-duty sexual conduct.

U.S. District Judge Mary Cooper agreed Thursday, and scheduled an Aug. 14 hearing on why the order should not be extended.

The seven troopers were suspended after a college student claimed she had been sexually assaulted in a trooper's Ewing Township home in December after a night out at a Trenton nightclub.

Prosecutors announced earlier this month that the troopers would not be charged, but the troopers still face an internal investigation.

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