Ex-Nassau cop's extended restraining order
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A restraining order keeping a former Nassau police officer away from a woman with whom he's accused of having an affair while on duty has been extended until the end of the year, lawyers in the case said.
Retired Officer Mike Tedesco consented to the extension Wednesday in Nassau Family Court in Westbury, his attorney and an attorney for the woman, Tara Obenauer, confirmed. Obenauer's attorney, Frank Perrone of Garden City, and Tedesco's attorney, Ryan Brownyard of Farmingdale, said that if there is no further incident between the two, this extension would conclude the family court proceeding.
In a separate action, Obenauer, 42, of Massapequa, has sued Tedesco and the county for $10 million, alleging that the county failed to supervise him at work, which she says allowed him to visit her home regularly for about seven months until February, almost always during his shifts, in his uniform and while driving his patrol car. During some visits, he removed his gun belt and left it unattended near Obenauer's children, court papers say.
John Byrne, a spokesman for Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice, said his office is monitoring an Internal Affairs investigation into the accusations against Tedesco. Tedesco, who was on the force for 18 years, also is being investigated over allegations of having sex while on duty with a woman in a van that she drove to his assignments, a law enforcement source has said.
Tedesco has put in his retirement papers and wants to resign, but Commissioner Thomas Dale is holding back his separation pay, officials said.