Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman in Mineola in January.

Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman in Mineola in January. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A Nassau probation officer accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a probationer was fired Wednesday morning, a spokesman for Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman said. 

Sources said Matthew Albertson of Smithtown was fired from his $94,258-a-year job after officials became aware of hundreds of text messages, including many of a sexual nature, between him and a probationer he was supervising.

Albertson, 41, does not currently face criminal charges, but Nassau police are conducting “an active, open investigation” into the matter, according to department spokesman Richard LeBrun. 

Officials conducted an internal investigation days after learning about the text messages, the sources said. Albertson was hired by Nassau County as a probation officer trainee on Aug. 1, 2008.

"County Executive Blakeman terminated the employment of Matthew Albertson effective immediately following an investigation into an improper relationship with an individual who he was supervising as a probation officer,” Blakeman spokesman Chris Boyle said. 

Boyle said officials learned about the text messages from "a reliable source" but declined to provide further information. 

The probationer does not face any administrative discipline or criminal charges at this time, officials said. 

Albertson hung up on a Newsday reporter seeking comment. It was not clear on Wednesday if he had hired an attorney. 

The Civil Service Employees Association Local 830, which represents Nassau probation officers, declined to comment.

Probation officers supervise and investigate defendants who have been released into the community after they have served criminal sentences, or were sentenced by judges to supervised release.

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