March 10--BRIDGEPORT -- A former Stamford police officer, who police said made sexual comments and showed naked photos of himself to women he pulled over for motor vehicle violations, pleaded no contest to criminal charges Friday.
Paul Mabey, 43, Stamford's Officer of the Year in 2006, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti to a suspended 90-day term with two years of conditional discharge.
Standing beside his lawyer, Eugene Riccio, Mabey told the judge that while he is no longer a police officer he would like to get into security work, such as driving an armored car, and would like to continue being able to carry a gun.
But the judge told Mabey he cannot carry a gun until he passes a psychiatric evaluation.
"My client did many positive things as a police officer in the city of Stamford and it's unfortunate his career ended as it did," Riccio said later.
The plea came after the judge denied a motion by Riccio to give Mabey accelerated rehabilitation, a special form of probation that would leave him without a criminal record.
According to police, on May 21, 2010, Mabey pulled a woman over on Summer Street for having tinted windows.
However, police said Mabey began making sexual remarks to the woman. He then flipped open his cellphone and began to show her naked photos of himself, police said. He eventually allowed the woman to go on her way without giving her a ticket.
On May 26, police said Mabey pulled over a woman on Summer Street for talking on a cellphone. The woman had her child in a car seat.
Police said Mabey told the woman that she needed someone to take care of her and then flipped open his cellphone showing her a naked photo of himself, adding, "Want to see what 40-year-old experience will do to you?" The woman took his business card and was allowed to drive away.
That same day another woman was stopped by Mabey, this time in front of Columbus Park. The woman was searching for her insurance card when Mabey remarked to her, "It looks like you're gonna pop out of that top," police said.
Police said Mabey asked the woman about the type of underwear she was wearing and then flipped open his cellphone to show her a photo of his naked genitals. They said the woman drove off but later began receiving sexually suggestive text messages from someone who signed himself, "DJ Popo." Police said they traced the texts to Mabey's cellphone number.
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