A former Washington police officer has admitted he targeted Hispanic motorists, robbing them during traffic stops.
Steven Hilsinger today pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor civil rights violations in federal court.
Prosecutors say back in November and December of 2005, Hilsinger stopped Hispanic motorists for minor traffic violations. Instead of merely asking for their drivers licenses, they say Hilsinger took their entire wallets. The feds say on the first occasion the officer stole $60, while the second time he took $40.
Then in September of 2006, prosecutors say again Hilsinger targeted Hispanic drivers and stole money, only this time the victim was an undercover police officer. On those occasions, $220 and $120 were taken.
The police officer resigned shortly after his arrest.
Hilsinger's sentencing is set for March 3rd.