Cop in Tryst Suspended Without Pay

East Hampton Village police officer Julio Galeano was allegedly caught with a traffic control officer trespassing at a house while they were both off-duty.
East Hampton Village Police Officer Julio Galeano, seen here when he was honored as the top cop for 2012, has been suspended without pay. T.E. McMorrow

     Julio Galeano, the East Hampton Village police officer who allegedly used a house on Talmage Lane in the village for a romantic tryst without the permission of its owner, has been suspended for 30 days without pay. The village board unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing the suspension at its meeting on Friday. The suspension took effect that day.

     The alleged Dec. 30 incident involved Officer Galeano and a traffic control officer, Jennifer Rosa, entering a house without the owner's permission. Ms. Rosa, according to a fellow traffic control officer, knew where a key to the house was because she had previously worked there as a cleaner. The two were discovered by guests of the owner, who called the police. The village board fired Ms. Rosa last month.

     Mr. Galeano, who was recognized in 2013 for his role in the arrest and conviction the year before of a man accused of having sexual relations with a child, had already had his badge and gun confiscated by the force. Chief Gerard Larsen brought disciplinary charges against Mr. Galeano on Feb. 11, which he denied through his union, the Police Benevolent Association.

     Mr. Galeano's suspension is pending a trial, which is expected to take place within 30 days.