A judge in Long Island, New York has been arrested for repeatedly breaking into his neighbor's home to steal her underwear. The judge has also admitted to snatching other panties multiple times, although he has pleaded not guilty. Suffolk County District Judge Robert Cicale was removed from the bench after he was arrested on burglary charges.
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Cicale appeared in court Friday and if found guilty of the charges he could be facing up to 15 years in prison. The former judge is accused of stealing the underwear of a 23-year-old woman who lives there with her parents. He is a married father of three young kids and said he met the girl when she worked as an intern at the Islip Town Attorney's Office.
Cicale was arrested after a recent incident where the girl was sleeping alone in her home when Cicale snuck into the residence. Prosecutors say the victim was sleeping but woke up when she heard the door open. She immediately called out, "Hello?" and that's when she saw Cicale standing in her doorway.
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He then ran away and the girl closed and locked the door before calling her mother. Her mother called 911 and responding officers found Cicale walking up to a different house and pretending to knock on the door. Officers could see that Cicale matched the description provided by the girl's mother and he was arrested.
Police found several soiled pairs of women's underwear on him and the victim identified them as her own. The former judge wrote a letter apologizing to the victim and also a written confession. Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said, "This is highly disturbing. This is an individual who swore to uphold the law. He violated it in a very serious way. The message here from both the Suffolk County Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office is that no one is above the law, and we'll prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law."
A defense attorney for Cicale said, "His reputation throughout the court is stellar. Every judge, every lawyer respects him, and we just have to see how the process plays out." Cicale posted a $50,000 bail and as part of his conditions of release, he is barred from contacting the victim and is requiring him to wear a GPS monitor.
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