GEORGE E. B. HOLDING
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - December 3, 2006
FORMER WASHINGTON POLICE OFFICER PLEADS
TO CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that STEVEN RAY HILSINGER, 33, of Washington, North Carolina, pled guilty to federal civil rights violations in federal court on Monday, December 3, 2007. HILSINGER was a former officer of the Washington Police Department. United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, accepted the guilty plea and scheduled sentencing for March 3, 2008.
HILSINGER pled guilty to four misdemeanor violations that alleged while he was acting under color of law as a Washington Police Officer, he willfully deprived individuals of their right to be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures. On November 13 and December 22, 2005, HILSINGER stopped Hispanic motorists for minor traffic violations. Instead of merely asking for identification, HILSINGER took their entire wallets, returning them to the drivers having stolen the cash contained therein. On the first occasion, HILSINGER stole $60.00 and on the second occasion he stole $40.00. On September 8 and 18, 2006, HILSINGER again targeted a Hispanic driver and stole money. On these two occasions, the victim was an undercover police officer. On September 8, 2006, HILSINGER stole $220.00 in law enforcement funds, and on September 18, 2006, HILSINGER stole another $120.00 from the undercover officer. At that time he was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney John H. Bennett of the Greenville branch office is handling the case for the Government.
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