A former Washington police officer who admitted he targeted Hispanic motorists and robbed them during traffic stops will be sentenced next Monday in federal court.
Steven Hilsinger was originally set to be sentenced today, but a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Raleigh says that's been postponed for one week.
Hilsinger pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor civil rights violations in federal court in December.
Prosecutors say 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.
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