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Retired Nassau cop Dion Irizarry sentenced in child abuse case

Dion Irizarry, 70, of Farmingdale, was sentenced to

Dion Irizarry, 70, of Farmingdale, was sentenced to 30 days time served and a $1,425 fine for attempted sexual conduct with two children under the age of 11 last year. Credit: NCPD

A retired Nassau County police officer was sentenced Thursday to 30 days time served and a $1,425 fine for attempted sexual conduct with a child under the age of 11 last year.

Dion Irizarry, 70, of Farmingdale, also was sentenced by County Court Judge Teresa Corrigan to 10 years probation, and he must register as a Level 2 sex offender and stay away from the victims.

Irizarry, who retired from the police department in 1989 after 21 years on the force, is the father of Brandon Irizarry, who played a role in a political scandal last year that led to the ouster of Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Dale.

Dion Irizarry was arrested Jan. 8 on two felony counts of second-degree sexual conduct against a child. Court records state that the abuse of the first victim began Oct. 1, 2013, and ended Dec. 31, 2013. The second victim was abused between Nov. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013, court records state.

Irizarry pleaded guilty in February to one count of attempted sexual conduct with a child.

Anthony Capetola, Irizarry's attorney, declined to comment.

The victims' mother said in court that Irizarry should have been sentenced to at least five years in prison for crimes that "were beyond comprehension." She said her daughters suffered physical and psychological trauma from the abuse.

Corrigan said the terms of the sentencing were agreed upon previously, but said, "I can only imagine that there is no sentence that will ever satisfy you in this matter."

Shams Tarek, spokesman for District Attorney Kathleen Rice, said the sentence protected the victims from a "potentially traumatic" cross-examination in open court and "ensures that the defendant will have a felony criminal record and significant restrictions placed on him."

Brandon Irizarry who worked last year on the unsuccessful third-party Nassau County executive bid of former Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick, gave Nassau Police Sgt. Salvatore Mistretta a civil subpoena drafted by the campaign, Mistretta has said. Mistretta served the subpoena on Randy White, a witness in a case Democrats had brought against Hardwick over the validity of nominating petition signatures.

An investigation by Rice found that Dale and Chief of Detectives John Capece improperly intervened in the dispute at the request of Gary Melius, owner of Oheka Castle in Huntington.

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