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Rookie Cop DWI Controversy

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North Plainfield Police Officer William Parenti Jr. recently pleaded guilty to a DWI. Lucky for him, his father is the Chief of Police and his uncle is an Assistant Prosecutor.

Parenti was inducted into the force in January 2013 and he got busted for his DWI in May 2013. At his court hearing last week a judge issued Parenti the minimum sentence for a DWI which includes license suspension for three-months and a $600 fine, but he gets to keep his job.

Now, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office is running a thorough investigation into this whole incident.

Many fear that there are some glaring issues surrounding this case, specifically that Parenti Jr.’s uncle, Anthony Parenti, is an Assistant Prosecutor in Somerset County and that could be a conflict of interest.

Chief Parenti has acknowledged that this could cause some issues and as a result said that the Attorney General’s Office may have to get involved and oversee this case.

The Chief initially said that he was disappointed when his son got arrested, just like any parent would be, but he is unable to speak further about the situation because it is an ongoing investigation.

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