Prabhainjana Dwivedi, a Miami-Dade Police officer, was charged with several civil rights violations. (CBS4)
MIAMI (AP) -- A former South Florida police officer has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for stopping female drivers on a pretense so he could have suggestive conversations with them.
A Miami federal judge imposed the sentence Thursday on 34-year-old Prabhainjana Dwivedi, a former Miami-Dade County police officer. Dwivedi was convicted in February of six charges of depriving victims of their civil rights.
Court records show Dwivedi was involved in at least six questionable traffic stops of female drivers. In one example, he detained a woman for more than an hour and asked her to lower the zipper on her dress to her mid-stomach. Dwivedi asked another woman if he could see her breast enhancement surgery scars.
The Miami Herald reports
that prosecutors sought a three-year sentence.
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