Bridgeport, CT - Former Stamford police officer, Paul Mabey, 43, pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct after having been charged for showing a photo of his penis to women during traffic stops.
According to police, on May 21, 2010, Mabey conducted a traffic stop on a woman with her 21 month-old-baby in a car seat in the back. The reason for the stop… talking on her cell phone. Court documents describe Mabey pointing out to her almost immediately that her dress had ridden up her thighs. The woman apologized and rolled her dress down. She said that Mabey replied, “No. I like what I see.”
[Cue music] Boom chicka chicka wow wow…
Mabey would then be told by the woman that he was too old. [Music stops abruptly]
“I’m only 40. That’s not old, it’s experienced,” she quoted Mabey in her formal complaint as saying.
After taking her license and registration to his car, Mabey reportedly came back and told her she should plead not guilty to the cell phone ticket and buy a hands-free device. Presenting the receipt in court would make the ticket go away, she said in her letter.
Police said Mabey then told the woman that she needed someone to take care of her and then flipped open his cellphone showing her a photo of his genitals, adding, “Want to see what 40-year-old experience will do to you?” Mabey offered the woman his business card, she took it, and she was allowed to drive away.
The woman would write a letter of complaint to Stamford Police Chief Robert Nivakoff with copies going to a local newspaper and the American Civil Liberties Union. That oughta do it!
Interestingly, investigators following up on that complaint would discover, that same day, another woman who was stopped by Mabey. Police said that, while that woman was searching for her insurance card, Mabey reportedly remarked to her, “It looks like you’re gonna pop out of that top.”
Police said Mabey then asked the woman about the type of underwear she was wearing and then used his cellphone to also show her a photo of his naked genitals. She was then allowed to drive away without a ticket.
It looks like everyone’s gettin’ off during this traffic stop…
That woman would report that she later began receiving ‘sexually suggestive’ text messages from someone who signed himself, “DJ Popo.” Court documents describe police tracing the texts to Mabey’s cellphone number.
At sentencing, Mabey’s lawyer pointed out ‘all of the positive things’ that Mabey had done for the community – including being awarded Stamford Officer of the Year in 2006. Did the appeal work? You decide…
Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti sentenced Mabey to a suspended 90-day term with two years of conditional discharge. Mabey was also told by the judge that he cannot carry a gun – presumably for employment as a security guard – until he passes a psychiatric evaluation.
…and that was it.