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cyberbullyingTRENTON >> NJ Weedman resorted to slut-shaming Mercer County prosecutors after he was indicted for calling a Trenton Police officer a “pedophile” in a tense encounter caught on tape earlier this year.

“What if I called [Prosecutor} Stephanie Katz a slut?” marijuana activist Ed “NJ Weedman” Forchion said when he learned from a Trentonian reporter he was indicted for cyber-harassment. “If I called Stephanie Katz a slut, her husband would have every right to come beat me up. But they couldn’t indict me or arrest me for it, legally. But that’s what they just did with me calling Officer [Herbert] Flowers a pedophile. And I double down. Pedophile. P-E-D-O-P-H-I-L-E.”

Forchion was indicted this month on a single count of fourth-degree cyber-harassment over the May 10 incident with Flowers, which was captured on film and later posted online.

The charge carries up to 18 months in prison for Forchion, who is already facing seven years in the slammer in his drug case.

A grand jury foreperson signed the true bill Sept. 15, according to records obtained by The Trentonian.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, perhaps looking to avoid further embarrassment after free speech advocates from around the county blasted the charge as unconstitutional, did not announce the cyber-harassment indictment.

The prosecutor’s office PR flacks, however, put out a news release when Forchion was indicted on 11 drug-related charges stemming from an April raid of his downtown restaurant, smoke shop and cannabis church.

An attorney from the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey had previously said the offensive language charge in the state’s disorderly conduct statute was ruled unconstitutional by the appellate courts three decades ago.

“It wasn’t ruled unconstitutional last week or last month; it was ruled unconstitutional in 1985,” staff attorney Alex Shalom told The Trentonian in May.

Echoing legal experts, Forchion slammed the indictment.

“It appears the prosecutor’s office and the grand jury foreperson did not attend fourth-grade social studies class,” Forchion said. “If they had, they would have realized this is free speech I was exercising. The judge should immediately dismiss this garbage, this legal harassment.”

ALL-OUT OFFENSIVE

Edward Heyburn, Forchion’s lawyer, said he plans to prove what his client said about the bike cop is true.

He alleged that while Flowers worked the beat a public housing complex in Trenton he exchanged gifts for sex with an underage girl.

The girl, now a woman, plans to come forward, Heyburn said.

After the pedophile allegations surfaced, Flowers allegedly contacted the woman and urged her to keep quiet about it, Heyburn said.

Forchion’s defense team intends to obtain a sworn statement from the woman accusing Flowers of sexual misconduct.

And when that happens, they want the Attorney General to investigate.

Heyburn predicted the resurfacing of the “troubled cop’s” alleged past will lead to his firing or forced resignation.

“I think this is the beginning of the end of Flowers,” he said. “This is a case where they threw one punch to take 10.”

The encounter with Flowers started after someone called Trenton dispatch to report Forchion for holding up a “We R Open. F--- the Police” sign outside of his East State Street business.

The Trentonian obtained the 911 tape in which the man says he was with his 3-year-old son and was offended by the language Forchion directed at Flowers.

“It looks like there’s about to be a riot up in here,” the man said. “The police only do the job they’re paid to do. Kids are walking by. They don’t need to hear that foul language.”

Police responded in force.

According to police reports, officers asked Forchion to move his protest from the street to the sidewalk but he refused and continued cursing them out.

BUTTHURT COP

The exchange between Forchion and Flowers was caught on tape and relayed, from the bike cop’s perspective, in the report.

Flowers said the marijuana activist shouted at him: “Hey Flowers, why don’t you enforce child motherf----ing molestation charges. … A big boy f---- with little girls. How come you don’t enforce pedophiles? Because you are one.”

Flowers responded, “Where did you get that ideal [sic] from? The puffs/clouds of smoke you blow when your [sic] smoking weed. Go smoke some more weed.”

Forchion upped the ante.

“Did you use a rubber on that little girl? I’m not from this town and the whole town knows you’re a pedophile.”

Forchion dared the bike cop to sue him.

Instead Flowers complained to cop buddies.

He went to known Forchion foe, Trenton Police Capt. Eldemiro Gonzalez, who urged him to “be patient and he would get back to me about the legal and right way to handle this incident.”

“Emotionally, I am having a hard time staying focused,” Flowers said, according to the police report. “All I could see is my family’s name being tarnished by a lie. All these posts and the only person that’s [sic] going to feel the backlash and experience stress in there [sic] life is me. Once it’s out there in social media, these statements can never be removed or corrected. I’m stressed over any fallout my friends or family may feel because of these lies being spreaded [sic] with venomous intentions.”

UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, who anchors the Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy blog, dissected the cyber harassment charge – which was intended to protect New Jersey children from online bullying – in a lengthy post in May.

He concluded the police officer “could sue Forchion for such speech. But he can’t lawfully have him prosecuted for it.”

Heyburn said the acting prosecutor is beholden to the city police director.

He pointed to a Trentonian story revealing that top prosecutor Angelo Onofri picked up a political endorsement from city police director Ernest Parrey in his bid to permanently land the county’s chief law enforcement job.

“It’s so absurd that they should be embarrassed,” Heyburn said. “I would think other prosecutor offices and other police departments are going to think Mercer County and Trenton Police are fools.”