A Warren police officer suspected of soliciting and accepting bribes from motorists in his capacity as a patrol officer was arrested Monday afternoon. Mark Danzy, 48, is charged with abuse of public trust.
Tenth Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen requested a State Police investigation of Danzy after Warren Police Lt. Shaun Hildreth received a complaint from a Warren resident who claimed that Danzy offered to dismiss a traffic citation if the resident would pay him.
On October 24, after receiving the resident’s complaint, State Police conducted an undercover investigation in which the resident was given State Police funds and instructions to meet with Danzy. After the meeting with Danzy, the complainant called State Police Special Agent Clayton Moss and reported that he gave Danzy $50 and Danzy told him his ticket would be “taken care of” according to the affidavit for Danzy’s arrest.
On December 6 the resident was sent out to meet with Danzy again. “I watched from across the street as the complainant and Officer Danzy talked near his patrol car,” Moss wrote in the affidavit. “After the meeting the complainant told me that he gave Danzy $100 and Danzy told him the ticket would be taken care of.”
Moss said the “payoff” was video and audio recorded. “The video shows money exchanging hands and officer Danzy talking about court and the ticket,” Moss wrote.
There were also several text messages and a phone call between the complainant and Danzy that implied that the ticket would be dropped, according to Moss.
Deen subsequently charged Danzy with two counts of abuse of public trust, a Class D felony punishable by a maximum six-year prison sentence and a maximum $10,000 fine.
At Danzy’s first appearance hearing Tuesday morning before Circuit Judge Don Glover, Glover set Danzy’s bond at $5,000.