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Instructor charged with tampering with boating safety course records June 23, 2009

Posted by jefhenningeresq in News.
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Arthur Coakley, of Hinck Drive  in Wall, New Jersey was arrested at his home Monday by state police. He is charged with tampering with public records for allegedly  improperly passing an applicant at a boater safety course. 

An undercover state trooper went to a boater safety course, held at a shop in Fairview, Cumberland County and taught by Coakley.  After the trooper paid his tuition, he was allegedly given a certificate of completion for the program which is generally an 8-hour course.  Coakley then allegedly entered the incorrect course location and date of the class in the state’s boater safety certification database.

In any case like this, the first thing I think about is an entrapment issue.  However, it is clear that the State Police were tipped off about this from someone else.  Question is, does that person want to come forward or not?  I’m kind of surprised that an arrest was made without first trying to talk to him first.  I doubt that the State Police have a clear idea as to how many people didn’t take the test.  They could either ask him or talk to everyone who he administered the test to.  I doubt he’s talking now so it seems like they don’t care about the other people that didn’t take the course.

Story is here.

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