A Nassau County police officer who retired days after his arrest on charges he exposed himself to women on two separate occasions at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday, according to court documents.
Richard Furboter, 55, of Elmore Avenue in East Meadow, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of public lewdness and two counts of exposure of a person, a violation, according to court documents.
Furboter, an officer in the Second Precinct who was off-duty at the time of the alleged incidents, was suspended without pay following his Oct. 3 arrest, said Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun, a department spokesman. Furboter was issued a desk appearance ticket and is due in First District Court in Hempstead Wednesday. Furboter, who started with the department on Oct. 14, 1994, retired a few days ago, LeBrun said.
“The Nassau County Police Department consists of honorable men and women that protect and serve its residents with pride,” LeBrun said in a statement. “We are appalled by the nature of this incident and upon learning of these allegations, a comprehensive investigation was conducted, which has led to the arrest and the suspension without pay of this individual.”
Lebrun said Furboter’s severance pay is being withheld pending the outcome of the criminal investigation. LeBrun said he could not provide the amount of Furboter’s severance.
Internals Affairs is investigating and a separate criminal probe is ongoing, Lebrun said.
Furboter’s defense attorney, Raymond Voulo, of Mineola, declined to comment when reached by telephone.
James McDermott, the president of the Nassau Police Benevolent Association, the union representing the department’s sworn officers, also declined to comment.
The first incident occurred at 9 a.m. on June 25 near the park’s John F. Kennedy memorial when the victim, a woman working at the park, said a man exposed himself, according to court documents.
“This person that I do not know scared me when I noticed he was behind me,” the victim said in a deposition. The man then exposed himself and the worker fled the area and told her boss about the incident, court records said.
About 11 a.m. on Sept. 12, a man police said was Furboter approached a woman cleaning a bathroom in the park at Field #4 and exposed himself, according to court documents.
In both cases, witnesses said the assailant was driving a red SUV, court records said.