|Agency||Edison New Jersey Police Department|
|Dates of Service||Hired in 2003.|
|Last Known Status||Active|
2007 Domestic Violence Incident
2007 Assault Complaint
Pappas was accused of grabbing a teenager at a football game and ramming him against a fence.
Pappas was exonerated by an internal investigation.
2008 Assault of Delevan Du Bois
In June 2008, Pappas and Officer Christopher Sorber were accused of punching, kicking, and kneeing Du Bois after he failed to turn over a bottle of medication during a doctor's visit.
An initial internal investigation determined that the officers had used excessive force.
A lawsuit was filed.
An second internal investigation exonerated the officers.
In February 2012, DuBois settled the lawsuit for $100,000.
2009 Assault on Joao DeMatos
Police were called by DeMatos' wife, who feared he was going to drive his motorcycle while drunk. Pappas and Officer Anthony Sarni responded to DeMatos' house, where he claimed they assaulted him.
The officers were cleared after an internal investigation.
On January 11, 2013, the lawsuit was settled.
On June 1, 2018, Sergeant Ioannis (John) Mpletsakis, Sergeant Brian Rossmeyer, Patrolman Gregory Makras, Patrolman James Panagoulakos, and Patrolman Paul Pappas were charged with two counts of official misconduct in the second degree and one count of theft by unlawful taking in the third degree.
In June 2019, the officers were suspended without pay.
On October 19, 2019, the officers were indicted by a grand jury and charged with two counts of official misconduct in the second degree, participation in a pattern of official misconduct in the second degree, financial facilitation of criminal activity in the second degree, conspiracy to commit the crime of financial facilitation of criminal activity in the second degree, theft by unlawful taking in the second degree, and theft by deception in the second degree.
In October 2019, Pappas pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree official misconduct, second-degree unauthorized access of computer system, third-degree conspiracy to distribute a controlled and dangerous substance, and fourth-degree stalking. Pappas faces four years in state prison.
2018 Computer Crimes Arrest
From August 2017 to March 2018, Pappas accessed the New Jersey Criminal Justice Information System and used that information to stalk his ex-girlfriend.
Pappas was arrested and charged with second degree computer theft/criminal activity, and stalking.
Pappas was suspended without pay.
2018 Criminal Mischief Arrest
On March 20, 2018, Pappas slashed the tires on an ex-girlfriend's car while he was on-duty.
Pappas' police privileges were removed.
Pappas was charged with criminal mischief.
- Craig McCarthy, On-duty Edison cop drove unmarked police car to slash ex's car tire, NJ.com, 2018-03-22
- Paul Pappas, Edison Township, govSalaries
- Mark Mueller, Betraying the badge: Edison police produce astonishing record of misconduct, NJ.com, 2012-12-10
- Suzanne Russell, Edison cop stripped of gun, badge following New Brunswick incident, My Central Jersey, 2018-03-20
- Dematos et al v Township of Edison et al, U.S. Distruct Court, 2010-08-19
- Suzanne Russell, Edison police officers charged with misconduct and theft, My Central Jersey, 2018-06-01
- Nick Muscavage, Judge blocks prosecutors’ request to reconsider Edison cops’ no-show case dismissal, My Central Jersey, 2020-07-31
- Susan Loyer, Edison police officers indicted on multiple charges including misconduct and theft, My Central Jersey, 2018-10-19
- Nick Muscavage, Edison cops want jobs back after charges dismissed in no-show case, My Central Jersey, 2020-06-17
- Suzanne Russell, Edison Police Officer Paul Pappas suspended following new computer theft, stalking charges, My Central Jersey, 2018-04-17