With the March 21 expiration of a 30-day suspension without pay, Julio Galeano, an East Hampton Village police officer who allegedly used a house on Talmage Lane for a romantic visit with a fellow member of the force without the permission of its owner, is back on the payroll, Chief Gerard Larsen said yesterday. Mr. Galeano is required to stay at home, however, Chief Larsen said.
The village board adopted a resolution authorizing Mr. Galeano’s suspension on Feb. 21. The suspension took effect that day. At the time, village officials said that the suspension was pending a hearing, which was expected to take place within 30 days. A date has not been set, Chief Larsen said.
The village board has appointed John G. Callahan, an attorney, as an independent officer to hear disciplinary charges against Mr. Galeano. Mr. Callahan is to listen to comments and testimony from both sides and recommend appropriate disciplinary action.
The alleged Dec. 30 incident involved Mr. 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. Guests of the owner discovered them and called the police. Ms. Rosa was fired from the Police Department.
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 his badge and gun confiscated by the force. Chief Larsen brought disciplinary charges against him on Feb. 11, which he denied through his union, the Police Benevolent Association.