Christopher Loeb, whose beating while in police custody in 2012 led to the downfall of former Suffolk police Chief James Burke, has been arrested again, officials said.
Loeb, 31, a former Mount Sinai resident, was arrested Wednesday on charges of violating orders of protection issued for his ex-girlfriend last month and for his mother in November, according to court documents. He also had crack cocaine in a glass pipe found in a clothes pocket, Suffolk police said in their arrest complaints.
He texted, emailed and called his ex-girlfriend several times between April 4 and April 10, once using another man’s cellphone and pretending to be that man, Suffolk police said in the complaints. Another time, he used his mother’s cellphone and referred to his ex-girlfriend as “414,” a code known only to the one-time couple, the complaint said.
Loeb, listed as homeless in court records, was charged with eight misdemeanor counts of criminal contempt, two felony counts of aggravated family offense and misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance, court records show.
The aggravated family offense charge is reserved for people who have been convicted of certain misdemeanors in the preceding five years, minus jail and prison time from the five-year calculation.
Loeb was arraigned on Thursday and bail was set at $19,000 cash or $38,000 bond, which he had not posted as of early Friday afternoon, prosecutors said. He is due to return to court April 26.
His attorney, Bruce Barket of Garden City, said Loeb was not homeless as court documents say though he struggles to get himself on a better path, away from the problems and associates that landed him behind bars in the first place.
“In his better moments, he understands that and is working towards it, but he’s not been perfect in the execution,” Barket said.
Loeb also faces charges in Queens, where police said he menaced and harassed his former girlfriend in a hotel room last month.
The NYPD has charged Loeb with criminal contempt after he allegedly violated an active order of protection issued in September by Suffolk acting County Court Judge James A. McDonaugh.
That order stated that Loeb was required to “refrain from assaulting, stalking, harassing, menacing, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, intimidation or threats” against the ex-girlfriend.
Barket said at the time that the order of protection did not require Loeb to stay away from her.
Burke, once the highest-ranking uniformed Suffolk police officer, is serving a 46-month federal prison sentence after pleading guilty in February 2016 to obstruction of justice and violating Loeb’s civil rights.
Last month, Suffolk County agreed to pay Loeb $1.5 million to settle a federal lawsuit he filed after the beating by Burke, which took place in a Hauppauge police precinct in December 2012.