NEW YORK – in New York judge who told the police that he had “urges” to steal women’s underwear pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony burglary charge after breaking into his house from the neighbors to steal her undergarments are worn, the prosecutor said.
Robert Cicale Suffolk County district court judge, admitted that he had broken into the victim’s house on Long Island a few times and stolen underwear from her clothes hamper, District Attorney Timothy Sini said.
The 23-year-old woman who once worked as an intern for Cicale when he was a municipal city attorney was alone in her house in East Islip on Thursday when they heard a sound and saw a man walk out, police said. The woman called her mother, who then called 911.
When officers arrived, they found Cicale on the street carries a number of pairs of the wife’s dirty underwear, authorities said.
The court, which generally hears felony criminal cases in the county district court, told the agents that he’s underwear during a break-in, Sini said.
Cicale told the investigators that on Thursday he ” went in the house to take the panties back,” according to the court documents.
It was unclear why Cicale at the time would have been wearing underwear he had on a previous occasion.
“This is very worrying,” Sini said in an interview Friday. “In his confession, that he noticed he had urges to do this, to take part in this behavior.”
Researchers are still investigating to try to figure out how often Cicale broke in the woman and her home, the prosecutor said.
“The underwear he had with him when the police approached him were underwear that had been stolen on previous occasions,” Sini said. “He admitted that he had gone into the house of the unlawful on a few other occasions.”
Cicale was “temporarily relieved of his judicial duties” and the case was referred to the state of the Court of Appeal to determine whether to suspend, the lawyer, the court system spokesman Lucian Chalfen said.
A judge gave a temporary restraining order that prevents Cicale contact with the victim and, as a condition of his bail, Cicale will also be required to wear a GPS monitor, Sini said.
Cicale was released after posting $25,000 bail and not on the notes as the left the courthouse. His attorney, William Wexler, said Cicale had a reputation for excellence.
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