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March 1, 2012

Three Nassau County Police Officials Indicted on Charges That They Provided Special Treatment for Police Donor

Officials deliberately inhibited the arrest of wealthy benefactor’s son

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that three recently retired members of the Nassau County Police Department have been indicted by a grand jury on charges that they conspired to and intentionally prevented the arrest of a teenager whose father was a financial benefactor of the police.

Charged in the indictment are:

Second Deputy Commissioner William Flanagan, 54, of Islip. Flanagan is charged with Receiving Reward for Official Misconduct, a Class E felony, two counts of Official Misconduct, and Conspiracy in the Sixth Degree. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted. His annual salary as of December 31, 2011 was $224,929. Flanagan submitted his resignation on February 29, 2012.

Deputy Chief Inspector John Hunter, 59, of Oyster Bay. Hunter is charged with two counts of Official Misconduct and Conspiracy in the Sixth Degree. He faces up to one year in jail if convicted. His annual salary as of December 31, 2011 was $177,874. Hunter submitted his resignation on February 29, 2012.

Detective Sergeant Alan Sharpe, 54, of Huntington Station. Sharpe is charged with Offering a False Instrument For Filing in the Second Degree, two counts of Official Misconduct, and Conspiracy in the Sixth Degree. He faces up to two years in jail if convicted and sentenced consecutively. His annual salary as of December 31, 2011 was $138,776. Sharpe retired on January 5, 2012.

Details of the allegations can be found in the attached grand jury indictment here.

The charges stem from an investigation that began following Shelly Feuer Domash’s article in the Long Island Press entitled “Membership has its Privileges: Is NCPD selling preferential treatment to private citizens?” The investigation found no criminality on the part of the Nassau County Police Department Foundation.

“This is a sad day for law enforcement in Nassau County,” said Rice. “These defendants violated their oath and the law when they prevented a suspect’s arrest and took investigative direction from the suspect’s father. The people of Nassau County deserve equal and fair justice, and they deserve public officials who will perform their duties free from undue influence.”

Chief Stephen Antignani and Deputy Chief Bernadette Ford of the Public Corruption Bureau are prosecuting the cases for the District Attorney’s office. Flanagan is represented by Bruce Barket, Esq. Hunter is represented by William Petrillo, Esq. and Sharpe is represented by Anthony Grandinette, Esq.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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