A former Nassau County police officer was sentenced to community service Monday after pleading guilty to official misconduct charges after he was indicted on more than a hundred criminal charges for allegedly spending hours at his mistress’ homes while he was supposed to be responding to 911 calls, Nassau County prosecutors said.
Michael Tedesco, 45, of Holbrook, pleaded guilty to 75 misdemeanor counts of official misconduct and was sentenced to serve 100 hours of community service, the Nassau County district attorney’s office said. Under a plea deal with prosecutors, Tedesco will forfeit his nearly $195,000 termination package and will also personally repay the county close to $4,000. He could not be reached Monday evening for comment.
Tedesco, who retired from the police force in April 2012, was accused of spending “a considerable amount of on-duty time” at two women’s homes between 2010 and 2012. Prosecutors said he would travel out of his sector – in the Massapequa and Seaford area – to stay at the women’s homes extended periods of time during his shift. When Tedesco was indicted in December 2012, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said he was caught staying at the homes for numerous hours on several occasions.
The district attorney’s office said Tedesco would also fail to update his police communication system – through a computer in his patrol car – and would “linger” at the women’s homes before he would respond to 911 calls. Those calls, they say, included reports of alarms, domestic disturbances and a possible cardiac arrest. Other times, according to authorities, Tedesco would falsely update his police computer to show he was responding to a call, when GPS records from his patrol car showed he was really at his mistress’ home.
Prosecutors said he would also spend at his girlfriend’s home while he was supposed to be “engaged in strategic crime prevention.” Internal affairs investigators were tipped off after a neighbor of one of the women reported seeing Tedesco’s police cruiser in her driveway on a regular basis. He was arrested and charged in December 2012.