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Ex-Nassau cop disputes restraining order

Former Nassau Police officer Mike Tedesco appears at

Former Nassau Police officer Mike Tedesco appears at Family Court in Westbury, where Tara Obenauer (not pictured) has filed a motion for a restraining order against him. (May 17, 2012) Credit: Howard Schnapp

A lawyer for a former Nassau police officer who is being investigated for allegedly visiting his mistress while he should have been on patrol disputed her motion for a restraining order in Family Court Thursday.

Retired Officer Mike Tedesco did not comment as he left court. His wife, who accompanied him, held his hand as they left the courthouse.

His lawyer, Ryan Brownyard, of Farmingdale, told Judge Angelo Delligatti that he plans to dispute Tara Obenauer's motion for an order of protection.

The judge asked both parties to return to court for a conference June 26.

Outside court, Obenauer, 42, of Massapequa, said she fears Tedesco, whom she says she dated for seven months until February.

"I'm scared," she said. "I would like to get this behind me, for myself and for my children."

Law enforcement sources have said Tedesco is accused of visiting Obenauer's home at least 57 times, usually in uniform and with his patrol car while on duty.

John Byrne, a spokesman for Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice, said his office is monitoring the Internal Affairs investigation.

Tedesco, an 18-year veteran of the force, is also being investigated for allegedly having sex while on duty with a woman in a van that she drove to his assignments, a law enforcement source has said.

Tedesco has put in his retirement papers and wants to resign, but Commissioner Thomas Dale is holding back his separation pay, officials said.

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