Former Suffolk County judge, Robert Cicale East Islip, Long Island man pleads guilty to stealing neighbor’s panties. Woman used to intern at office where lawmaker worked.
A Long Island judge has admitted to breaking into a neighbor’s home and stealing her dirty panties.
Robert Cicale, 50, of East Islip, had several pairs of worn women’s underwear stuffed into his coat when he was busted fleeing a 23-year-old neighbor’s home in March 2018, prosecutors told Suffolk County District Court on Friday.
The judge — who the nypost reports was suspended from the same court in Suffolk County after his arrest — was initially charged with second-degree burglary.
But the lawmaker admitted to entering the 23-year-old’s home several times to snatch undies from her hamper and pleaded guilty Friday to a reduced charge of attempted burglary, still a felony, with a Nassau County District Court judge hearing the case, according to Newsday.
Cicale is expected to get five years of probation and be forced to register as a sex offender when he is sentenced on Nov. 15.
Former Suffolk County judge and victim used to work at same office:
Cicale’s attorney, Michael J. Brown, told Newsday that the judge had ‘accepted responsibility for his actions.’
‘He has dealt with his mental illness issues in a proactive manner and is a better person for doing so,’ Brown said.
District Attorney Timothy Sini in a statement said that the proceedings held him ‘accountable’ and ‘serves justice.’
‘He violated the law, the public’s trust and the victims’ sense of security,’ Sini said.
His neighbor was a 23-year-old former intern at the Islip Town attorney’s office, where he used to work, Newsday said. It wasn’t clear whether the young woman had worked directly for him at the time.