Edison Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Firebombing his Supervisor’s House

NEW BRUNSWICK – A former Edison officer struck a deal with the prosecutor’s office Monday resolving two arson cases and a host of charges, including multiple counts of attempted murder in the firebombing of his supervisor’s house four years ago.

Michael Dotro, 40, of Manalapan, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and second-degree arson in the May 2013 incident where the ex-cop set fire to Mark Anderko’s house while his family slept inside, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said.

The prosecutor’s office has said Dotro was angry with Edison’s now-deputy chief, who, days before the fire, had ordered the 10-year veteran of the force to undergo a fitness-for-duty evaluation with a psychologist after his 11th excessive force complaint, authorities said.

Under a plea agreement, Dotro will be sentenced to 20 years in state prison, Assistant Prosecutor Russell Curley said. He must serve 17 years before he is eligible for parole.

Dotro’s attorney, Robert Norton, said while he and his client were not happy with the results of the plea agreement, it ends a four-and-a-half-year battle and multiple charges and allegations.

“It was a global resolution of all charges,” he said.

Dotro also pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree official misconduct as part of the trial in which he and his wife are accused of slashing the tires on a woman’s car and checking police records illegally for a suspect, according to authorities.

The couple, whose trial had opening statements scheduled for Tuesday, was accused of threatening the woman who worked in the police department and had an affair with Dotro.

The charges against his wife, Alycia, are still pending, the prosecutor’s office said. Her attorney, Richard Incremona, did not return calls for comment.

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