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Mayor: East Hampton cop, traffic officer caught in 'compromising position' in vacation home

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This is the front entrance to The East Hampton Village Police Station located at 1 Cedar Street in East Hampton. (Jan. 19, 2014) Credit: Hampton Pix

East Hampton Village fired a traffic control officer and suspended a patrolman with pay after the couple was found in a "compromising position" at a Hamptons vacation house, the village's mayor said Sunday.

The two were found Dec. 30 at a Talmage Lane home, where the female traffic control officer, 20, also worked as a part-time house cleaner. The male officer, 31, was relieved of his badge and firearm because of the criminal trespass complaint, police said in a statement.

The home is owned by a Manhattan interior designer, according to published reports. He could not be reached for comment Sunday.

The officer, whom police and village officials refused to identify, was off duty at the time, police said.

Friends of the home's owner -- who does not live there full time -- arrived at the house planning to spend the New Year's holiday there. When they discovered the pair, they called police, according to Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr.

Rickenbach said of the alleged incident: "It's unacceptable, inexcusable and, most importantly, unlawful. He violated the public trust of his office and badge."

The mayor promised a swift investigation. The village trustees unanimously terminated a traffic control officer on Friday, retroactive to Dec. 30, according to a broadcast of the meeting.

"The alleged conduct is totally not in keeping with how the village likes to present itself. We will deal with it in the immediate future," Rickenbach said.

The male officer, an employee for the past nine years, is suspended while the investigation continues. "We're bound by the contractual arrangements and certain covenants within the PBA contract," Rickenbach said.

The East Hampton police chief declined to comment.

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