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East Hampton Village police officer resigns from force

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This Google street view image shows the East Hampton Village Police Department. (Sept. 2012) Credit: Google

An East Hampton Village Police officer who was reportedly found "in a compromising position" with a female companion in an unoccupied home late last year has resigned, village officials said.

Officer Julio Mario Galeano "has elected to resign," village administrator Rebecca Molinaro said on Tuesday.

He will leave the force on Aug. 2.

The terms of his resignation are subject to approval by the village board at a special meeting scheduled for Friday at 8 a.m., Molinaro said.

The incident occurred Dec. 30 when friends of the homeowner, a Manhattan interior designer, went to the property on Talmage Lane to spend New Year's Eve. They notified village police after reportedly finding Galeano and a female traffic control officer, who worked at the home as a part-time house cleaner, inside.

Both officers were off-duty at the time of the alleged incident, village officials said. At a board meeting in January, Mayor Paul Rickenbach Jr. said, "the alleged conduct is totally not in keeping with how the village likes to present itself."

The village board suspended Galeano without pay on Feb. 21. He returned to the village payroll on March 21, but remained suspended from duty, village officials said. The board fired the traffic control officer on Jan. 17.

Galeano, who earns $117,025 a year, has been on the force for 10 years.

East Hampton Village Police Chief Gerard Larsen Jr. and East Hampton Village Police Benevolent Association officials did not return calls seeking comment.

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