Kelly: NYPD's Rosandre Burgher had 'consensual' affair with teen
A relationship between an NYPD officer from Wallkill and a teenage boy was consensual, police Commissioner Ray Kelly said during a news conference Friday.
Rosandre Burgher, 26, is accused of carrying on a relationship with the 16-year-old that began in February and ended earlier this week. Burgher was arrested Tuesday in Wallkill, where the alleged "inappropriate sexual conduct" occurred, according to police.
He remains suspended without pay since his arrest.
"It is alleged that this officer had a relationship with a 16-year-old male, a consensual relationship." Kelly said at a Friday news conference at the Apollo Theater in Manhattan, where the NYPD was holding an event for its new recruits.
The age of consent in New York State is 17.
In a twist, Kelly went on to say that the teenager, whom police did not identify, was the one who called the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau earlier this week to report the cop.
Burgher has been charged with third-degree criminal sex act, a felony, and misdemeanor first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted on the felony charge.
The six-year NYPD veteran, who worked at the 46th Precinct in the Bronx, posted a $35,000 bond Thursday and was released from Orange County Jail.
Burgher does not have an attorney listed in court or jail records, and he could not immediately be reached for comment.