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Tim Tebow-Seeking 'President' Gets Probation

Hopatcong man charged with causing public false alarm in 2012 must go to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

A Hopatcong man charged with causing a false public alarm for claiming to be the president looking for Tim Tebow has been sentenced to two years probation, the Sussex County prosecutor said.

Jason Slater, now 29, pleaded guilty February 13 to the charge, a fourth-degree crime, after an incident on

Each time Slater called, he refused to give the dispatcher information regarding location or identification, and said he was the president and wanted to speak with Tim Tebow, the then-backup quarterback for the New York Jets.

The calls were traced to Slater’s home, where police found the prankster in his mother’s closet.

Along with probation, Slater is now required to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and pay fines and fees, the prosecutor’s office said. The ruling was handed down by Judge N. Peter Conforti on April 26.

Police also reported Slater pushed them and resisted arrest during an August 2012 incident, and got into an altercation with family members while intoxicated in December 2012.

For questions about this post, email jason.koestenblatt@patch.com.

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