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Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla's trial date to be set this month

Town of Hempstead Clerk Mark Bonilla stands outside

Town of Hempstead Clerk Mark Bonilla stands outside his office in Hempstead Town Hall. (Sept. 26, 2012) Credit: Howard Schnapp

The opening date of the trial of Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla will be selected on May 28, a spokesman for the Nassau district attorney’s office said Tuesday.

Bonilla was charged in September with misdemeanors stemming from allegations he tried to obtain “intimate and personal photographs” of a female subordinate who had accused him of sexual harassment, according to a criminal complaint.

He last appeared in District Court in Hempstead for a pretrial conference on Monday, and will return on May 28, the district attorney spokesman said.

Bonilla has been the town clerk for close to a decade and is paid $129,500 annually.

He is charged with coercion, attempted petty larceny and two counts of official misconduct. A spokesman for the district attorney’s office has said Bonilla faces up to a year in jail if convicted.


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