Police Officer Accused of Groping Woman

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    A police officer on Long Island faces charges he groped a woman during a traffic stop.

    Garrett Mannerz, 34, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to bribe receiving, official misconduct and sexual abuse.

    Prosecutors say the Nassau County officer groped the woman after a traffic stop last February in East Meadow, N.Y.

    Prosecutors say three women were in the car. After the driver was given a sobriety test, Mannerz summoned a passenger out of the car and said if she "did something" for him, he would allow the driver to leave without a summons.

    He is accused of then forcing her to touch him sexually.

    He let the women go, but is allegedly began calling the woman later. Prosecutors say she recorded one call and reported it to police.

    Lawyer William Petrillo calls the woman's claims absurd and said his client has been falsely accused.