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Tara Obenauer harassed ex, police say; claimed ties to former cop

Tara Obenauer is seen in a photo provided

Tara Obenauer is seen in a photo provided by the Nassau County Police Department. Credit: NCPD

A Massapequa woman who claimed she was a mistress of a Nassau police officer convicted of misconduct for spending hundreds of hours at homes of paramours while on-the-clock, was arrested St. Patrick’s Day on charges of harassing an ex-boyfriend, authorities said Monday.

Police took Tara Obenauer, 45, into custody at about 4 p.m. March 17 on misdemeanor charges of aggravated harassment and fourth-degree stalking of her ex-boyfriend, a 52-year-old Nassau man, according to police spokesman Det. Vincent Garcia.

“Our victim broke off his relationship with his girlfriend in late February and she was upset about it and started emailing him and texting him numerous times telling him he was a rotten person,” Garcia said.

The victim, whom police would not identify and whose name was redacted in court documents, told officers Obenauer texted him over 68 times between Feb. 27 and March 8, indicating “her anger” in “degrading comments” about their breakup, according to the documents.

The ex-boyfriend alleging harassment is not former Nassau Police Officer Michael Tedesco, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to 75 misdemeanor counts of misconduct for visiting mistresses while he was supposed to be patrolling the streets, officials said. Tedesco resigned in 2012, as a department probe was underway.

As part of his guilty plea, Tedesco agreed to forfeit about $195,000 in termination pay, perform 100 hours of community service and pay $3,700 in restitution.

Obenauer’s ex-boyfriend told her to “stop immediately” when she first texted him, the documents say.

But she continued and also messaged several other unidentified victims and a friend, according to the documents, which also redacted those names.

Obenauer’s actions “caused the victim to fear for his, along with his family’s, physical safety” and caused him “severe emotional anguish,” the documents say.

Neither Obenauer nor her defense attorney James Pascarella responded to messages seeking comment. Obenauer’s previous attorney, Frank Perrone of Garden City, said through his secretary that he no longer represents her.

Perrone had filed a notice of claim — the first step to a lawsuit against a municipality — in 2014 on behalf of Obenauer, intending to sue the county for $10 million alleging it failed to properly supervise Tedesco.

The suit could not be located Monday and county officials said it was never filed.

Obenauer was released without bail at arraignment and is due back in court on April 12.

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