Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes says that Sheriff Kevin Larkin “overreacted” by showing up to a college class to force a professor to apologize for comments he made about the sheriff needing his combined salary and pension to pay for alimony and child support.
“I talked with the Sheriff. He knows it was a mistake, and I think he realizes he shouldn’t have done that,” said Hughes.
Hughes did not know whether Larkin, a fellow Democrat, would face any punishment beyond what the Trenton Times said would be an “official scolding” by Mercer County Community College officials.
“I really couldn’t say. You’d have to ask the prosecutor if there’s anything indictable there. Obviously I think it’s just a case of poor judgment,” he said.
A spokeswoman for the Mercer County prosecutor said that at first glance it did not appear that anything criminal had taken place. She referred questions to the county’s inspector general, Robert A. Farkas, who could not immediately be reached for comment.