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Felony charge dropped against son of Nassau GOP chief

Prosecutors in Virginia have dropped felony abduction and firearm charges against Joseph Nestor Mondello, the son of Nassau Republican chairman Joseph Mondello, in a case that stemmed from an incident with a computer repair technician who had visited his home late last year.

The Arlington County commonwealth attorney’s office, in a hearing May 27, moved to dismiss a felony charge of use of a firearm and reduce an abduction by force or intimidation charge, also a felony, to misdemeanor disorderly conduct, said John Lynch, an assistant commonwealth attorney.

Mondello, 50, pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct, but no sentence was imposed, state court records show.

If Mondello meets certain conditions, including avoiding future arrest, having no contact with the technician and pursuing mental health treatment, he will serve no jail time and the charge will be dismissed at his next court hearing in December, Lynch said.

“He’s got to provide proof that he’s done that with the court before his case is dismissed,” Lynch said, citing Mondello’s lack of a previous criminal record.

Mark Schamel, Mondello’s Virginia-based attorney, could not be reached for comment Friday.

Arlington County police arrested Mondello, who works as a lobbyist in Washington, on Dec. 28, accusing him of holding a computer technician hostage. Police said in a report that Mondello “refused to let a computer technician leave the residence until his computer was fixed,” and “allegedly had a gun in his possession and threatened to kill the victim.”

Mondello’s wife, Lisette, told Newsday shortly after the arrest that the charges were “absolutely false. We believe he [the technician] was insulted and made things up.” She said police found no gun during a search of the home and that the weapon cited by police was a toy “Pirates of the Caribbean” gun from Disney World.

Mondello’s father, the longtime county party chairman, declined to comment Friday about his son’s case.

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