The Nassau police sergeant who supervised Michael Tedesco, a former cop who spent hundreds of hours at his mistresses' homes while on duty, has been promoted to lieutenant, police said this week.
Kevin Carroll was promoted and transferred back to the Seventh Precinct on May 5, police said. Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said Tuesday that Carroll, who was disciplined because of the incident and then transferred to the Fourth Precinct, was promoted because he passed the lieutenant civil service test. His score was "adjusted for discipline," said Krumpter, meaning points were deducted. He declined to detail his discipline.
"By all accounts, he's been a model supervisor since that incident," Krumpter said. "He was disciplined and retrained" at "the level of his culpability, which was very limited," Krumpter said.
Carroll, a 19-year-veteran who was Tedesco's "administrative supervisor," oversaw Tedesco for roughly 12 to 15 shifts in a six-month span, Krumpter said.
Insp. Kenneth Lack, a police spokesman, said the department "chose to promote him" because "he has had an exemplary work record since the incident occurred." The department could have bypassed Carroll because the state civil service law's "Rule of Three" dictates an agency can choose at its discretion any one of the top three scores.
"The department rarely utilizes that option," said Lack, who declined to specify Carroll's score ranking. Carroll earned $213,146 last year, records show.
Carroll has no comment, Lack said.
Tedesco pleaded guilty in May to dozens of official misconduct charges related to his visits with mistresses while on duty, which prosecutors said resulted in delayed 911 responses.
Tedesco had to forfeit about $195,000 in termination pay, do 100 hours of community service and pay $3,700 in restitution. He resigned from his job as an officer in April 2012 as internal affairs investigators probed allegations that he spent hundreds of hours between June 2010 and February 2011 at the two women's houses.
The probe started after a neighbor of one of the women reported seeing Tedesco's cruiser regularly in the woman's driveway for hours at a time.
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