A former Haddon Township commissioner pleaded responsible Monday to prices towards him for the second time in as many months.
Paul Dougherty was in an Atlantic County courtroom Monday dealing with prices that he left the scene of a automotive accident and was driving with an expired license. He pleaded responsible Monday to a lesser cost of failure to report an accident and failure to exhibit a license, a courtroom administrator mentioned.
Final month, Dougherty, 48, pleaded responsible for accepting a $7,000 referral charge from a legislation agency after steering a disgruntled worker to a lawyer who efficiently sued his personal municipal authorities. In trade for his responsible plea and resignation from his elected place — a non-partisan three-person fee — in Haddon Township, the state lawyer basic agreed to advocate probation as a substitute of jail time.
Dougherty can also be an lawyer and former municipal prosecutor in Cherry Hill, Clementon, Gloucester Metropolis, and Medford. The site visitors violation, which occurred in Haddon Township, Camden County, was moved to Estell Manor, Atlantic County, a city of 1,700 residents within the Pine Barrens, to keep away from potential battle of pursuits within the counties wherein Dougherty labored as a prosecutor.
His jobs as a prosecutor, all of which ended during the last three months, would seemingly have included prosecuting site visitors violations, equivalent to those he pleaded responsible to Monday.
Dougherty had served as a township commissioner since 2007, for which he was paid $21,000 yearly.
A Haddon Township police report mentioned Dougherty left the scene of an accident on the night of July 19. He’s accused of rear-ending one other automotive at an intersection.
Dougherty positioned a cellphone name to police Chief Mark Cavallo 20 minutes after the accident was reported, in line with police information obtained via a public information request. The police doc mentioned Dougherty informed the chief his spouse was concerned in an accident and fled the scene after changing into nervous. He additionally mentioned he known as him as a result of he didn’t belief a sergeant he believed was on obligation that night time. The accident report was taken by a patrolwoman at Dougherty’s home that night.
The officer Dougherty mentioned he did not belief was Sgt. Thomas Whalen. He was not working that night time.
Whalen is one in every of 4 senior cops who sued the chief and township commissioners, together with Dougherty, over alleged sexual harassment by Cavallo. The entire officers and Cavallo are males. The declare towards Cavallo was dismissed in June after a decide dominated the it was filed after a statute of limitations had handed.