A Suffolk County Jail corrections officer pleaded guilty late last month to a single count of misdemeanor DWI stemming from a summer crash in Riverside in which his car struck and killed a pedestrian on Flanders Road.
He is expected to be sentenced on February 15.
Sergeant Christopher A. Dean of Riverhead approved the plea deal and pleaded guilty to the charge on Friday, December 21, in Suffolk County Criminal Court in Riverside before Judge Stephen Braslow.
A call placed to the judge’s law clerk seeking more specific details on the plea and what length sentence Sgt. Dean could face was not returned this week.
William T. Ferris III of Islandia, the attorney representing Sgt. Dean, declined last week to comment. “I’m trying to avoid publicity and so is he,” Mr. Ferris said of his client.
Southampton Town Justice Court officials, meanwhile, said Sgt. Dean was due back in that court at 9 a.m. on February 5, although they did not say why.
Sgt. Dean, 41, a 15-year veteran of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office and the third vice president of the Suffolk County Correction Officers Association, was arrested by Southampton Town Police at 1:32 a.m. on June 25.
Officers said he was driving a 2002 Mercedes-Benz 320 west on Flanders Road near Old Quogue Road about 12:30 a.m. after attending a social engagement, when he struck and killed Efren Ramirez Gomez, 32, a Riverside father of three and Guatemalan native who worked in maintenance at a McDonald’s restaurant in Riverhead.
Sgt. Dean was not in uniform at the time of the crash and was not headed to work, authorities said.
The sergeant returned to duty at the jail in November pending the outcome of the criminal case. He served a four-month unpaid suspension from his job following his arrest.