A New Jersey police officer charged with child endangerment after his eight-year-old daughter fatally shot herself with his personal gun has quit the force to avoid jail time.
Kenneth Righter’s recent resignation from the Stratford Police Department was a condition of his entry into the state's Pre-Trial Intervention program. He had been on unpaid leave for nearly 18 months.
The charge against him will be dismissed if he successfully completes the program and agrees to never seek another job in law enforcement.
New Jersey police officer Kenneth Righter (far right) has quit the force, 16 months after his eight-year-old daughter Sailor (center) killed herself with his gun
Righter's resignation from the Stratford Police Department was a condition of his entry into the state's Pre-Trial Intervention program. Pictured: Kenneth is seen kissing his daughter
Camden County prosecutors have said Righter left his personal .357-caliber revolver loaded and unsecured on a shelf above his bed before his daughter, Sailor Righter, shot herself.
The girl was found by an older sibling on New Year’s Eve 2016. Righter’s other children were 14 and 17 at the time their sister died.
Righter, who had been the Stratford