Julio Mario Galeano, 31, has been suspended for 30 days without pay after an alleged sexual encounter he had in a village home, East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen confirmed Monday.
The East Hampton Village board voted to suspend Galeano without pay on Friday, pending his trial, which is slated to take place within the next 30 days, Larsen said.
According to The New York Post, "law-enforcement sources" identified Galeano as the village cop facing disciplinary action — and possible criminal charges over an alleged sexual encounter he had in a village house he didn't have permission to be at.
Galeano was relieved from duty and another village employee was fired following a complaint of criminal trespass at a house in the village in December.
According to a previously released incident report, the two were caught a house on Talmage Lane after guests of the homeowner arrived on Dec. 30 at about 11 a.m. They did not have the homeowner's permission to be there, according to police.
Neither the officer nor the woman, whom Larsen described in a statement as a 20-year-old part-time civilian employee, have been charged.
"At this point in time criminal charges have yet to be filed in the case at the request of the property owner; however, this will not preclude the department from filing misconduct or other charges in the case, should they be warranted," Larsen said in the statement last month.
The employment of Jennifer Rosa, a part-time traffic control officer, was terminated, a move approved by the East Hampton Village Board at their monthly meeting, effective retroactively to Dec. 30.
The woman was allegedly a part-time house cleaner at the residence, Larsen said.
The officer, a nine-year employee, was relieved of his badge and firearm on Dec. 30 and he remains on leave, Larsen said last month.
An internal investigation of the incident is continuing, and further departmental action against Galeano is expected, police said initially.
The pair have not been charged, though the initial incident report and the chief stated that he homeowner did wish to pursue charges.
Last January, Galeano was named the department's 2012 Officer of the Year and was honored at the annual Kiwanis Club dinner.
Galeano was selected, in part, because of his tenacity that led to bringing forth a rape case, officials said at the time. In January of 2012, Galeano was turning around at the rest stop in Wainscott, at the western edge of the department's jurisdiction, when he noticed some movement in a parked vehicle.
"Somebody else might have kept on driving right by," Larsen said, at the time, of Galeano's quick thinking during the initial investigation. "He's done a great job his entire career," he said last year.
Galeano joined the department after graduating from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. He was the first, and remains the only, Latino officer in the department.
A Springs resident, he started working for the village as a traffic control officer in 2000.
When he was 12 years old he emigrated from a small town in Colombia to the East End. He attended the Montauk Public School and then graduated from East Hampton High School. He recalled going on a ride-along with a town police officer when he was in middle school, when speaking to Patch last year.
The experience only further cemented his dream of becoming a police officer, something he said he wanted to do as long as he can remember. "It's a good job and it's a great way to help the community," he said. "The community is changing a lot," he said, adding that he hopes he can act as "a role model to somebody," even if it's just one small child.