Trenton, NJ—A New Jersey state trooper from Camden admitted Monday to illegally using an FBI database to obtain personal information about a motorist. 

Trooper Eric Richardson, 32, of Camden pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree charge of obtaining personal information from a motor vehicle record before Superior Court Judge John T. Kelley, according to the New Jersey Attorney General's Office.

Richardson admitted that he illegally accessed the FBI—Criminal Justice Information Services database on May 8, 2017 on behalf of a male friend to do a “driver inquiry” on a woman the friend employed.  The friend wanted to know if her driver history revealed any warrants or drug activity.  Richardson photographed her driver history and texted it to his friend.

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Richardson was investigated by the New Jersey State Police Office of Professional Standards. In addition to the illegal conduct involving the FBI database, which involved a different woman, the investigation revealed that Richardson repeatedly pulled over two women in 2016 and harassed them about beginning an intimate relationship with him, deactivating the dashboard camera in his car during some of the stops. 

Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Richardson be sentenced to a term of probation. He must forfeit his position as a state trooper and is permanently barred from public employment in New Jersey. He was ordered not to have any contact with the victims and must pay restitution if the victims require counseling as a result of his conduct.

Richardson was suspended by the New Jersey State Police after being charged by complaint in this case on May 31, 2017. 

Deputy Attorneys General Jonathan Gilmore and Brian Uzdavinis prosecuted the case and took the guilty plea for the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau.

Richardson is scheduled to be sentenced on August 3.