A 20-year veteran of the Monroe Township Police Department accused of leaking police information, paying off a drug debt and having sex while on duty has been charged with several crimes and placed on unpaid leave, according to authorities.
After a five-month investigation, Sgt. Jody Collins, 41, turned himself in Friday to face charges of a pattern of official misconduct, official misconduct and computer crimes, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office announced Monday.
In a press release, the office said Collins used his job — and the access it provided to police databases and other information — to help people he knew, including people wanted by police.
Collins shared “information related to police activity” with individuals so they could avoid getting arrested, the office said. He also leaked personal information from a police database to a repossession business to help them, the office said.
Collins is also accused of engaging in sexual activity while on duty and providing money to settle a drug debt with a person “known to sell controlled dangerous substances,” the prosecutor’s office said.
According to township meeting minutes, Collins became a police officer in 1998 and was promoted to sergeant in September.