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East Hampton Cop Suspended After Alleged Sex With Housekeeper At Vacant Village Home

The officer has been suspended pending his trial, which is slated to take place within the next month.

Julio Mario Galeano poses for a photo as Officer of the Year 2012. Photo Credit: Taylor Vecsey
Julio Mario Galeano poses for a photo as Officer of the Year 2012. Photo Credit: Taylor Vecsey
The officer involved in an alleged East Hampton sex scandal has been suspended, according to police.

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.


knee jerk February 25, 2014 at 09:02 PM
Good call Sal, but he is a cop. He should know that he did wrong, but if he doesn't: "Ignorance of the law is no excuse."
mary ann February 25, 2014 at 09:13 PM
Yeah, he's some kind of wonderful role model to children!! I wonder how many times the two of them got together in the owner's home! It's been a long Winter! Yuck, gross. Get the home deloused, it's been violated!
BK13 February 25, 2014 at 09:51 PM
If this is freaking all of you out I recommend never staying in a hotel anywhere, ever again. And DEFINITELY don't bring a black light with you.
GM February 25, 2014 at 10:50 PM
Lisa - I expect you made Mario's short list. He's got a lot of free time coming up so keep your eye on FB.
Phil Konigsberg February 26, 2014 at 02:04 AM
@Vincent: At least you're in Nassau County. I'm getting this as the lead story in the Bayside-Douglaston Patch in Queens County. 48 previous comments on such a non-story if the cop was off-duty (on lunch) and the owners of the house are in fact not interested in filing charges. At least the East End readers of Patch are more interactive on its stories. In Queens, comments on Patch are few and far between. Unless corporate Patch patches things up quickly by hiring local editors and going back to their specialty of LOCAL NEWS it will loose any relevance it established in the local community and simply fade away as this story should.
brookhavenconfucius February 26, 2014 at 06:42 AM
It's different, out there, East Hampton-Land...and they think football is injurious to our children's health, too !
amerpatriot February 26, 2014 at 08:10 AM
Lisa - I hope you're not teaching your kid(s) that "anything goes as long as it doesn't hurt anyone". Scary that anyone can have babies - no license needed.
Lisa Mercaldo Radke February 26, 2014 at 08:20 AM
I figured there would be some stupid comments because of what I said but amerpatriot, you take the cake. I made a comment about 2 consenting adults. And I never said what they did was right or smart. I have 3 sons, my eldest is 24, and they are all respectful, responsible, exceptional human beings. I love my husband and my family and I do not judge others ability to parent based on a free thinking comment about two people who did not hurt anyone. Should there be consequences for what they did? Yes, but most of the comments on here want to see the cop hung. I think that's ridiculous and I do not think he should lose his job for it.
brookhavenconfucius February 26, 2014 at 08:25 AM
The house cleaner, most likely, had a boy friend on the Force...boys will be BOYS !
BK13 February 26, 2014 at 09:08 AM
Lisa any time you make an off the cuff comment these Patch Hounds attack. The Patch is a very negative place filled with frustrated haters in general. Don't take it too seriously. You were just being fun and honest. Personally, everyone who ever had a babysitter in their house and she had her boyfriend stop over...or stayed in a hotel room...etc. I LOVED when my GF (now my wife) would babysit when we were in HS, the car was getting old quick! However I am NOT defending this cop. I wasn't there, don't know the circumstances. Sounds like a bad decision on their part, but not sure someone should lose their job over this. If I'm hearing it right...he wasn't on duty and it was his GF who worked there, right? Bad decision but it wasn't like they broke into a house just for a quickie.
Nick Stiels February 26, 2014 at 09:16 AM
REALLY? It really amazes me how small the human brain can be. Private employees and public servants shouldn't be using someones residence for their personal use. Who knows, would you want to sit down to dinner wondering if tbat was one of the hot spots. Pigs!
Dan February 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Homeowner hires woman to clean house, NOT house sit; so access to house would be limited. Entering house outside of expected access is therefore trespassing.
Dan February 26, 2014 at 11:23 AM
Lisa, even though it's a petty crime don't you think an officer of the law should respect all the law? What would you say if one of the people that found them in the house got so frightened that they had a heart attack and died? Wouldn't it be felony murder, as it was caused during the commission of a crime (trespass)? They are lucky that the homeowner has changed their mind about pressing charges. She lost two jobs, he got suspended without pay. We'll see if it costs him his job.
skay March 04, 2014 at 06:35 AM
Oh for pete's sake, he was off duty and went to hook up with a girl who was cleaning a house. If you critical asshats never had sex with your girlfriend (or boyfriend) while at working or in some place you shouldn't be your either lying or you need to get laid more. Homeowner doesn't want to file charges, case closed. I think its a little extreme to fire the guy, especially since he was awarded cop of the year for closing a rape case. I actually think long island needs more active sharp eyed cops like him! I'm sure theres a bunch of lazy cops who would've kept on driving... And Dan, simple "trespass" is NOT a crime so it wouldn't be felony murder. Go read a book and lighten up.
MARTIN DREW March 04, 2014 at 07:29 AM
Editor FLYNN - what happened to my comment? just submitted ??
MARTIN DREW March 04, 2014 at 07:30 AM
This site is becoming more of a joke than OFFICER OF THE YEAR !
MARTIN DREW March 04, 2014 at 07:32 AM
Skay / i had a good rebuttal of facts for YOU - your clueless to the fact trespass is a crime .. BUT PATCH - system ate it !!! LOL
MARTIN DREW March 04, 2014 at 07:39 AM
Big difference when YOU GOT LAID somewhere YOU shouldn't have been geeting some .. HE GOT BUSTED .. good thing your sneaky ways allowed you to " finish" - thinking it was loud - without getting caught .. LOL at your idea that it's ok - reading a book now - law book - where trespass is a midemeanor .. get a clue - it's NOT ok- and police are not above the law - be reminded on the scene the owner did want charges brought - funny how that worked out - girl gets fired / equal treatment demands the same for officer of the year .. next time a room - $75k dollar salaries expect he could have made anothet choice just to get laid .. LOL
Lisa Mercaldo Radke March 04, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Very well said SKAY, very well said! Martin Drew, you need to get a life and a job. If you have a job, do your job. You have way too much time on your hands and hate in your heart!
BK13 March 04, 2014 at 11:23 AM
Skay nice work (even though I said it above lol). BTW, good cops and other people who are pretty damn good at their job sometimes appear a bit arrogant to others. So once again, do we want to pull a cop who actually MADE A DIFFERENCE (instead of sitting on his ass) in the community just for one bad decision? Really? You don't get Officer of the Year by being some dipwad who never makes an impact. The hatred for cops is strong here.
MARTIN DREW March 04, 2014 at 12:03 PM
Radke - got a job - great life - on my way to a beach - then EUROPE NEXT. ... Double standards for COPS - not down . Don't dictate what I do or how often I can do it ... mind your business - stay out of peoples houses while trying to get laid - if you don't belong or have permission - Lots of GOOD cops out here / GREW UP LOCAL with those guys/ gals these newbies filled with arrogance and piss - no time for them to think they are above the laws they vowed to enforce -- keep warm - I work on my tan - and practice my GERMAN .. off to the cruise boat -like officer of tve year should be off to jail for violating the TRESPASS laws otherswould have been arrested for -- just FYI - get a clue .. quit telling people what to do -- you can -- you know .. lol
MARTIN DREW March 04, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Is this the affirmitive action support club in action ... Yes officer of the year BEFORE becoming SEX COP SCANDLE OF this year ... Girl firef by village officials COP OF THE YEAR should be too .. equality and fair trestment under the law .... You just want MARIO next .. make sure and get a PRIVATE room - hopefully that he paid for - his mom wouldn't like dirty girls in her home making loud noises LOL - off to the beach now - check back later .. :D
skay March 04, 2014 at 04:59 PM
Martin Drew, if you were looking in the New York State penal law, you would see that "trespass" is a VIOLATION, which is NOT A CRIME. "Criminal Trespass" is the misdemeanor, which IS a crime. Idiot.
MARTIN DREW March 04, 2014 at 06:45 PM
skay whoever you are / to me a frightened person hiding behind a fake name calling me a idiot .. well first trespass is a violation or a misdemeanor -- dependant on varying circumstances - If he had. een charged as was intended by homeowner - he would have to get a lawyer to defend his position . However the special treatmet given has alluded this due process of law . You orI would have been arrested. A court date set and so on .. we have a opportunity to plea .. DA FAVORITE GAME LESS WORK for them or we could DEMAND A trial and a judge or a group of peers would decide violation / misdrmeanor etc - if you feel me the idiot - so be it. .. but Im real you a closet troll .. keep my GOOD NAME off your troll lips . Get a clue - due process has been violated and that makes us ALL idiots for them getting away with their ploy to allow a officer to get away with conduct that would have us in cuffs ..
local Business owner March 04, 2014 at 07:01 PM
Martin you are right. Cops have to face the law just like we do. When are they gonna make a piñata out of that arrogant piece of shit
MARTIN DREW March 05, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Radke - the girl involved LOST HER JOB . The officer should be given special treatment AGAIN. ? REAL men stand accountable for ALL their actions .. good or bad . When bad - a consequence is due society - Not a free pass - how obtuse to expectation of law are you ? Equality under the law? I trespass - I get arrested Officer of the year trespasses - the girl gets fired - he gets "blue wall special treatment" does this sound like equality under the law? IF OFFICER OF THE YEAR was a man of his claims - turn yourself in - stand accountable for YOUR actions - put yourself through the due process YOU bring on others while enforcing the law . Arrested / Mug Shot / Fingerprinted / arraigned / bailed/ court date / hire your lawyer/ begin the due process of defending yourself..plea / trial - ---you have choices - clear your name ? accept your wrongdoing ? community service - fine / probation .. jail? DUE PROCESS DEMANDS EQUAL TREATMENT UNDER THE LAW - Have I been DISCRIMINATED against - my civil rights violated? Starting to wonder if I need a lawyer to sue these pro-arrest types when I've had a error in judgement and failed to get the FREE TO BE PASS ... YOU GET IT NOW RADKE ? DUE PROCESS - learn the meaning / SKAY pull your head out of your troll ass ... you ignorant troll !! LOL - Well off to the Beach AGAIN! Practico mas Duetch / poquito espagnol -- sin trabajo -- mas sol y mar y arena / cervezas .. mi viva es SUPERIOR !! Vida Loco ! WAPA!!! LOL m^m
BK13 March 05, 2014 at 01:58 PM
She lost her job because she shouldn't have allowed him in AT HER JOB. For all he knew, she had permission for him to be there. (No I don't really believe that but Martin is going postal here). If one of my bartenders gives out a free beer, I would fire HER if it was without my consent. But I couldn't fire the customer from his job - all he did was receive something. Hehehehe.
knee jerk March 12, 2014 at 01:53 AM
Maybe she thought "cleaning the pipes" was part of the job description.
local Business owner March 25, 2014 at 11:10 PM
Patch sux now
michael dickerson March 31, 2014 at 12:24 PM
I think I have had just about enough of this cop banging "illegally" in a local residence story. It just seems to fascinate and enrage at the same time. As my Grandfather often said of amoral people, "Got no use for that one"! All I know is that there are many law enforcement officials from Judges on down that seem able to get away with murder and consider themselves worthy of the public trust. Most citizens who have been victimized by the justice system; its' wheelings and dealings and ability to turn integrity on and off as if it was a spicket do what I do. When I see them on the street I turn my back and walk away. It is a practice that allows me deal with the sad state of amorality "justice" is in.

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