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Nassau Cops Indicted on Charges Stemming from 2009 Kennedy Burglary

Nassau DA says that they provided special treatment for son of police donor.

Three former top Nassau County Police officials were indicted by a grand jury Thursday morning on charges that they conspired to and intentionally prevented the arrest of a Merrick teenager whose father was a financial benefactor of the police, the Nassau County District Attorney's office says.

According to multiple reports, Zachary Parker of Merrick, now 20, was charged with stealing more than $3,000 worth of computers after he allegedly broke into Kennedy High School in 2009.

Parker's attorney, Marc Gann of Mineola told Newsday that police never arrested him.

Gann said Parker's father, Gary Parker, who has friends in the police department, contacted school and police officials and asked them to handle the incident as a civil rather than a criminal matter.

The Long Island Press, which first reported the story in March 2011, says that Parker's father, Gary, is a business associate of a group called the Nassau Police Department Foundation, which says on its website that it was founded to help fund a new police academy.

Charged in the indictment are:

Second Deputy Commissioner William Flanagan, 54, of Islip. Flanagan is charged with Receiving Reward for Official Misconduct, a Class E felony, two counts of Official Misconduct, and Conspiracy in the Sixth Degree. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted. His annual salary as of Dec. 31, 2011 was $224,929. Flanagan submitted his resignation on Feb. 29.

Deputy Chief Inspector John Hunter, 59, of Oyster Bay. Hunter is charged with two counts of Official Misconduct and Conspiracy in the Sixth Degree. He faces up to one year in jail if convicted. His annual salary as of Dec. 31, 2011 was $177,874. Hunter submitted his resignation on Feb. 29.

Detective Sergeant Alan Sharpe, 54, of Huntington Station. Sharpe is charged with Offering a False Instrument For Filing in the Second Degree, two counts of Official Misconduct, and Conspiracy in the Sixth Degree. He faces up to two years in jail if convicted and sentenced consecutively. His annual salary as of Dec. 31, 2011 was $138,776. Sharpe retired on Jan. 5.

The investigation found no criminality on the part of the Nassau County Police Department Foundation, according to the DAs office.

"This is a sad day for law enforcement in Nassau County," said Rice. "These defendants violated their oath and the law when they prevented a suspect's arrest and took investigative direction from the suspect's father.  The people of Nassau County deserve equal and fair justice, and they deserve public officials who will perform their duties free from undue influence."

The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District released the following statement:

"The district contacted the Nassau County Police Department in May 2009 concerning the theft of property from John F. Kennedy High School. The district completed necessary forms to file charges against the perpetrator. The district has fully cooperated with the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office investigation into the circumstances of this matter."

The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Escape LI March 10, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Hey SS Teacher, want to know who “has no scruples and should not be trusted?” Try teachers who make over $100K for 180 six hour days – minus 12 sick days, 5 personal days…” well I guess that speaks for itself. Shame on you.”
SSteacher March 10, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Escape, I get it. You hate teachers. That has nothing to do with the article or the comments. Great post!
Escape LI March 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I hate phonies who take every cent they can from the public and then go around commenting on who ““has no scruples and should not be trusted.”
Nobody March 21, 2012 at 03:56 PM
There is the law, and then a jury's interpretation of the law. If you actually look at the situation, yes the way the police handled it was wrong. However, the good outweighs the bad in my opinion. Should Parker lose his case, the new police academy will lose a lot of funding. Holding these men who have served the county their whole life is wrong no matter how you slice it. For those of us in business, this is a client who paid for some special treatment and received it. The only time it becomes a problem, is when other clients hear about it. Had none of us ever known about his son being let off, the academy would be well funded, a small town's reputation is protected (believe me in a rough housing market, this is more important then you think), and in return we have to let a 20 year old with a drug problem off the hook? I hate to say it, but I'd have taken the money too. They didn't personally benefit from this. The COMMUNITY did. Small minds think in small pictures. Great minds think in big pictures. Just my 2 cents.
SSteacher March 23, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Nobody, stealing from the community is acceptable if someone has a drug problem but can direct funding to a pet project? Big picture, kids with money dont get in trouble. Kids without money go to jail.

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