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Jan 17, 2014 2:44 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

UPDATE: Former Officer Of The Year Identified As Trespass Suspect

Jan 21, 2014 1:52 PM

UPDATE, 11:20 A.M.:

According to police sources, East Hampton Village Patrolman Mario Julio Galeano was the officer who was at the Talmage Lane home with TCO Jennifer Rosa.

Mr. Galeano did not answer his phone on Monday, but responded to a text message saying that he cannot speak about the matter at this time.

An acquaintance of his said that he is having a very hard time.

Ms. Rosa was terminated by the East Hampton Village Board at their meeting on Friday, effective retroactively to December 30, according to Village Mayor Paul Rickenbach Jr.

He said the patrolman is on paid leave.

"This alleged incident is unacceptable, inexcusable and most importantly, unlawful," he said. "This incident violated public trust and the badge. We take this allegation very seriously and will deal with it as quickly as we can. In the future as it unfolds, it's not something we're not going to deal with. We have an obligation to the public."

He said neither officer was on duty when they were at the home on Talmage Lane.

Neither the mayor or East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen Jr. would comment on what the officers were doing at the home or confirm the officers' identities because of contract requirements with the Police Benevolent Association.

Mr. Galeano was named the 2012 police officer of the year at a Kiwanis awards ceremony for East End officers for using his intuitive skills to crack sex crimes involving minors in 2012.

Early in 2012, he was on a routine patrol when he noticed suspicious activity involving a van parked at a rest area in Wainscott, which turned out to be a case of intercourse between a 33-year-old Springs man, Kleber Sigcha, and the minor. The case led to a conviction of second-degree rape.

Mr. Galeano moved from Colombia to Montauk when he was 12 and graduated from the Montauk School and East Hampton High School before going on to the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, working summers as a village police TCO before joining the force full time in 2004.

When asked about losing his officer of the year, Chief Larsen said "Losing any officer is a big loss for us since we live in such a small place. But I can't comment on who the officer is."

A man, who said he lives at the Talmage Lane home with Arthur Dunnam, said they have no comment on the incident except that the story has not been reported entirely correct.

ORIGINAL STORY:

An East Hampton Village Police Officer was relieved of his badge and firearm and put on leave following a criminal trespass complaint from homeowners on Talmage Lane, according to East Hampton Village Police.

In a police report, the 31-year-old patrolman was found inside the Talmage Lane home with a 20-year-old part-time house cleaner on the morning of December 30. Neither of them had permission to be there, police said.

When the homeowner arrived at the house, he called police and said he wished to pursue charges because no one should have been in the house.

According to police, criminal charges have not yet been filed, but it doesn't mean the department will not file misconduct or other charges in the case, which is still being investigated.

The police officer, whose name the department is not releasing at this time, has been with the East Hampton Village Police Department for nine years.

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It's a criminal trespass complaint, the officer has been put on leave, but no charges against him? Why the double standard? Anyone else would have been charged, arraigned and their name released to the press.
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Jan 17, 14 9:38 PM
The officer is probably a member of a union, and the Village is bound to follow the union contract with regard to personnel matters.

Patience -- sooner or later all the facts will come out.
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Jan 18, 14 1:48 AM
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The Blue Wall..
By Woods woman (133), East hampton on Jan 18, 14 10:56 AM
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The union contract can't trump criminal legal proceedings.
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Jan 18, 14 3:26 PM
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Not probably, he is represented by the PBA, and nothing will likely come out-just look to the STP- the cop with the drug "addiction" 23 misconduct charges were filled by Chief Wilson on his supervisor and what became of it, a suspension and back to the status quo.; it gets worse as you travel west, if its any consolidation.
By bayarea (46), hampton bays on Jan 18, 14 10:15 PM
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As suggested on Saturday, the suspect has been identified.
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Jan 20, 14 12:45 PM
was he on or off duty when this happened??
By Jaws (239), Amity Island on Jan 18, 14 12:56 AM
Booty call !!
By tenn tom (223), remsenburg on Jan 18, 14 8:15 AM
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> "The police officer, whose name the department is not
> releasing at this time, has been with the East Hampton
> Village Police Department for nine years."

Translation: pressure is being brought to bear on the homeowner to drop the charges so as to not sully the flawless record of the veteran office who had never been caught before.

40 years later and the lessons of the midnight seafood feast seem to have been forgotten -- if they were ever taken to heart in the first ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1809), Northampton on Jan 18, 14 1:07 PM
Frank, I still remember that midnight seafood feast well 40 years later. The tension was so thick working in those headquarters, you could cut it with a knife. One fired, some suspended if I recall. And that atmosphere went on for months.
A message to the new generation,
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
By BruceB (142), Sag Harbor on Jan 18, 14 5:16 PM
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The greatest anger was directed at the whistle-blower, as I recollect.
By Frank Wheeler (1809), Northampton on Jan 19, 14 1:39 AM
No that was the Town
of East Hampton
By dan4150 (3), East Hampton on Jan 19, 14 9:55 AM
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Frank, The way things were back in that era, you were told at the start, "What you see here, hear here, do here, STAYS HERE!" Honestly, a bunch of cowboys, using squad cars instead of horses, and having free rein to do what they want? Yes and No. 90 percent of this guys were vets from the Korean, Viet Nam era. One thing you NEVER did was rat out your partners. The midnight seafood feast Frank is refering to is a modern day Serpico story. Along comes a young officer from out of town with 4 months ...more
By BruceB (142), Sag Harbor on Jan 19, 14 2:25 PM
Power corrupts.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Jan 19, 14 2:32 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By Arnold Timer (314), Sag Harbor on Jan 18, 14 1:29 PM
He will loose some vacation time and that will be it- Police are pretty much immune from criminal charges they can do whatever they want.
By bayarea (46), hampton bays on Jan 18, 14 10:09 PM
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The inmates are running the asylum, and the very people taxpayers pay to enforce the law are front and center violating it with impunity. The Police have taken over the East End just like in those Heat of the Night Southern hick towns.

Police corruption and control is one of the surest signs of societal deterioration of a community.
By Obbservant (443), southampton on Jan 18, 14 11:11 PM
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My understanding of the story is that the woman, who works as a cleaning lady at the residence and a part time traffic officer (as per another publication I read), invited the officer into the residence for their tryst. The officer, as far as I'm concerned did not break in and could not be accused of using the premises without authorization. There is nothing that says he was on duty during this encounter. Unfortunately, that burden falls on his companion who I would argue was not breaking into the ...more
By V.Tomanoku (694), southampton on Jan 19, 14 12:42 PM
A police officer not knowing the cleaning lady doesn't own the house and therefore is in no position to authorize any break-in without consent? And you say he can never be accused of using the premises without authorization?

Your rationalization for a cop who should know the law is either so over the top or is so massively ignorant!

Are you a crooked cop or something?
By Obbservant (443), southampton on Jan 19, 14 10:17 PM
Still bitter about your loss I see.
By V.Tomanoku (694), southampton on Jan 20, 14 9:03 AM
Ignorance of the law is no excuse. He likely knew he (Mario Galeano) was in the wrong to use the residence for that. What homeowner authorizes their part time house keepers to fornicate in their homes. And who cleans houses at 11pm? Banks maybe, but not houses.
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Jan 19, 14 6:02 PM
It was 11 AM not PM but this Galeano has a History of poor judgment.
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Jan 19, 14 11:48 PM
Here is the officer:

http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/General-Interest-EH/450818/East-Hampton-Officers-Of-The-Year-To-Be-Feted-On-Friday
By longislandhost (34), East Quogue on Jan 20, 14 9:42 AM
Why am I not surprised that the first thing he did after being released and suspended was run back to Columbia. While it was certainly not the most heinous of crimes the eww factor is pretty high. Wouldn't want two strangers banging in my bed (or on other pieces of my furniture). Hopefully since she was the maid she at least cleaned up afterwards.
By localEH (388), East Hampton on Jan 20, 14 9:52 AM
Article updated with ID of officer.

Interesting quote:

"Mr. Galeano was named the 2012 police officer of the year at a Kiwanis awards ceremony for East End officers for using his intuitive skills to crack sex crimes involving minors in 2012."
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Jan 20, 14 12:48 PM
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For how long has the suspect known Ms. Rosa who is 20? Hmmmmm . . .
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Jan 20, 14 12:50 PM
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Ms. Rosa was terminated? Or was Galeano terminated? The Updated section says Ms. Rosa. I'm confused.
By whatapity (106), Tuckahoe on Jan 20, 14 5:27 PM
Ms. Rosa was terminated - likely because she was a non-union employee and could be fired at will. The police officer has union protection and must go through the proper procedures to be relieved of his duties (or otherwise punished).
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jan 20, 14 6:29 PM
It must be nice to be in a union that makes sure you get paid (read vacation) when suspended for bad/possibly illegal behavior.
By Arnold Timer (314), Sag Harbor on Jan 20, 14 6:23 PM
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It comes in handy when you get accused of something you're innocent of. It's also nice to know that someone can't fire you for any reason (political or otherwise). This is in no way a defense of the officer accused and if found guilty he should be fired, but there's a reason those union rules exist.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jan 20, 14 6:30 PM
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Agreed it comes in handy. So why don't we all enjoy this protection? At least if the charges are proven true and/or he is dismissed, his pay during suspension and pension should be forfeited...
By Arnold Timer (314), Sag Harbor on Jan 24, 14 5:19 PM
The Off Duty Officer was invited to a friends place of work and may have engage in what some people might think is inappropriate behavior. If you know the law then you know that this possible trespass is not a criminal act it is only a violation at best. This is between the homeowner and the maid. If this was a regular citizen in this situation a report would of been made with the police and it would of been handled as a civil matter. Do people have sex with their partners in other places ...more
By Sagdays (23), Southampton on Jan 20, 14 9:33 PM
That's odd because even the Mayor said, "This alleged incident is unacceptable, inexcusable and most importantly, unlawful". I guess you think you know more about the case that he does.

Or, or you just a crooked cop too?
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Jan 20, 14 11:51 PM
He should have shot the homeowner and killed him. This is Long Island. All cops get off after shooting and killing someone, even when the cop runs inside of a house where he knows there is a hostage situation, lets loose a hail of 8 bullets and kills the hostage. The EH cop could have said he thought the owner was an intruder. Bada bing, he'd have been let off. PS-- relatives of police officers went online and insinuated the young lady who was killed in the Uniondale hostage situation was taken ...more
By btdt (435), water mill on Jan 20, 14 9:43 PM
Wow btdt...a little off the topic but you are entitled to your opinion.
By Sagdays (23), Southampton on Jan 20, 14 9:57 PM
Did this officer really win the honor of being ''office of the year'' for his ''intuition'' skills - which included a brazen violation of the old bumper sticker "If This Van Is A Rockin' Don't Come Knockin'"?
By KevinLuss (356), SH on Jan 22, 14 7:00 AM
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Article updated for the print edition (blue link at top). It is not clear whether Ms. Rosa was currently working for the homeowner, or had previously worked there. If she was a FORMER worker, this would change the analysis IMO.
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Jan 22, 14 11:12 AM
If this guy was cop of the year what does that say about the rest of em? Way to evade the justice system you where sworn to serve. Excellent work Mario Julio Galeano, now that youv'e run your disgraced self back to Columbia I doubt we'll ever see or here from you again, good riddance "officer". Surely a dignified way to face your penalty. Where do they find these morons?
By icecreamman (457), Southampton on Jan 22, 14 12:16 PM
Mr cop of the year caught a pedophile at the rest area. Maybe he was meeting his 20 year old girlfriend for some sexual escapades at the rest area, and found the perp. By the way nature those union rules exist to protect crooked cops. If this was a private citizen their name would plastered on the police blotter
By HB taxpayer (3), Hampton Bays on Jan 22, 14 8:23 PM
If this was a private citizen it would not have been an issue.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jan 23, 14 1:39 PM
come on people, really this is what we are going to worry about. Who cares. The whole thing is a joke. If he was invited in fine. The lady used bad judgement but can anyone say they havent used bad judgement. Let it go. And give the woman her job back.
By jacks (70), hampton bays on Jan 23, 14 8:00 AM
And if the woman was not currently in the employ of the homeowner, but had kept a key without permission, would this change the thinking? This possibility has not been ruled out IMO.
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Jan 23, 14 8:38 AM
And it's impossible to know how long he, or others who think they are above the law, have been using this or other private homes for their escapades.
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Jan 23, 14 10:17 AM
HB.. Quite the opposite...If this story involved a private citizen it NEVER would of got a full page article. What are you talking about "crooked cops"? He wasn't even on duty and there was no crime committed.
By Sagdays (23), Southampton on Jan 23, 14 9:46 AM
That's why he ran back to Columbia.
By icecreamman (457), Southampton on Jan 23, 14 11:24 AM
Wrong.

"A fellow traffic control agent, who asked that her name not be published, said that Ms. Rosa knew where the key for the house was because she had previously worked at the house as a cleaner."

IT DOESN'T MATTER IS HE WAS INVITED. HE SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN THERE.
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Jan 23, 14 1:11 PM
Q333, I do not see your quote in the article above. Did I miss something, or is your quote from another source?

Thank you.
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Jan 23, 14 1:58 PM
That is called hearsay in court. Outside of court it is gossip.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jan 23, 14 2:13 PM
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By Q333 (161), Southampton on Jan 24, 14 9:15 AM
Q333 please rephrase your deleted comment regarding assumptions made possibly. Thank you.
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Jan 24, 14 11:33 AM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Jan 24, 14 7:29 PM
Thank you.
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Jan 25, 14 1:52 AM
Q333 seemed to indicate that the quote above was from another source.
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Jan 25, 14 10:16 AM
Q333..The homeowner is not pressing charges so there is no offense. It would not be a crime anyway, trespass is a violation. People trespass everyday and you might find this hard to believe but they don't go to prison as a matter of fact most don't even get charged. Did you ever go into someone's house when someone other than the homeowner invited you in? Lighten up this is not some mob/drug dealing conspiracy, it was consensual ...
By Sagdays (23), Southampton on Jan 23, 14 1:29 PM
Aren't you assuming that Ms. Rosa had the homeowner's permission to go into the house?
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Jan 23, 14 5:51 PM
No actually I have never gone to someone else's house where I was invited by someone other then the owner or family members who owned the house. I think a booty call in a strange persons house should of raised questions for a cop of all people. Like I always say get rid of that 1% of police officers that are stupid, no common sense, or arrogant, and everything will be ok. This guy is not fit to be a cop.
By chief1 (2637), southampton on Jan 23, 14 5:35 PM
Look Cop got fired now lets try and get the drunk drivers and drug dealers off the street. Also not all cops are bad no one ever hears about those guys. I work for a union and glad! Have worked for bosses in the past who have decide they just wanted to clean house and fire everyone for no reason. The union provides proper channels and protocal for everything..
By Marie7399 (4), southampton on Jan 24, 14 6:54 AM
He has not been fired due to his union rights.
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Jan 24, 14 7:50 AM
Public unions are no good for America. That is what FDR said. He thought there would be too much problems with politicians and unions.
Where can you in the real world not be fired for bad performance? Why do teachers have tenure, and are nearly impossible to be fired? The public union system is destroying America, and needs to be bought under control. In the real world they clean house, because there is no performance in the public sector they leave the same old dead weight at their positions.
By chief1 (2637), southampton on Jan 24, 14 7:35 PM
Funny how people like you can cut and paste, and not comprehend. What you pasted makes my point. FDR said over, and over collective bargaining, and unions have no place in the government. He was for private unions where company's could share their profits with employees.
By chief1 (2637), southampton on Jan 25, 14 1:42 PM
One imagines that EH PD Officer Galeano would disagree with at least one of you . . .
By PBR (4900), Southampton on Jan 25, 14 3:43 PM
Too many facts for Chief1
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jan 26, 14 10:51 AM
It's amazing how someone like you believes what they want. Even politico check said FDR was against collective bargaining. Meaning he was worried the politicians would conspire to get votes by giving away the public tax dollars to do so. It is evident that politicians have given away the ranch in contracts offered to teachers, and cops. No business would ever give away the perks that public unions have without a plan to pay for them. Read the politico conclusion. Also recognize the union rep fails ...more
By chief1 (2637), southampton on Jan 27, 14 6:05 PM
Good grief, Chief! Read what you posted, then male an attempt to credit the author. You certainly don't think anyone here believes those are your words, do you?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jan 28, 14 12:03 PM
On a EH cop salary?? Couldn't he have afforded a hotel room or a winter rental for his sexcapades? Or was the B and E part of the fun?
By llimretaw (118), watermill on Jan 24, 14 5:00 PM
$141,769 in 2013.
By East End 2 (139), Southampton on Jan 24, 14 6:34 PM
no me gusta
By user.name (46), the jungle on Jan 25, 14 5:20 PM
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