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Married police officer allows drunk woman to walk free in exchange for punch to his groin

By Mason White 11:40 AM August 15, 2013
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By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) In a bizarre incident, a police officer allowed a drunk driver to go free after she agreed to punch him in the groin.

People have different fetishes, which they usually keep private. Thomas Merenda reportedly gets sexual gratification by being punched in the groin.

Prosecutors said that Merenda, 35, who is a married man, a father of two children and a Lauderhill police officer, was arrested after asking a woman to punch him in the groin in exchange of letting her walk instead of arresting her for drunk driving.

The woman complied and punched Merenda in the genitals, according to the Broward State Attorney’s Office. Because the officer enjoyed the punch to his groin, prosecutors said he is being charged with unlawful compensation, defined as obtaining a benefit for performing or refusing to perform public duty.

A second officer, Franklin Hartley, 32, who is also a married man and a father, is accused of having sex with the passenger, who was in the same car. According to the arrest reports, Hartley ordered the passenger to perform oral sex on him, and then had sex with her, all while threatening her with arrest if she did not comply, according to the report.