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Tara Obenauer and her frivolous lawsuit against Nassau County
Imagine suing somebody for failing to stop you from having a romance.
A Massapequa woman has had the nerve to file legal notice that she will sue Nassau County for $10 million because it failed to supervise a police officer who spent "over 100 nights" with her while on-duty.
Talk about chutzpah! It should be noted that the plaintiff-to-be, Tara Obenauer, seems to have consented to the relationship while it was going on. So what harm did she suffer as a result of the county's supposed negligence? She claims to have "suffered severe . . . emotional and psychological damages" and is "too scared to leave her house fearing that Tedesco or other officers may retaliate against her."
That would be Michael Tedesco she's talking about. He retired April 6 without permission from the police commissioner. An attorney for Obenauer says: "Her reputation has been completely tarnished."
Maybe, but only after declaring her intention to file this ridiculous lawsuit.
Pictured above: An undated photo of Tara Obenauer with Nassau Police officer Mike Tedesco.