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DA: 2 NYPD detectives from Long Island indicted in second bogus arrest

NYPD Det. Kevin Desormeau, center, with his lawyer,

NYPD Det. Kevin Desormeau, center, with his lawyer, John Arlia, right, appears in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, for arraignment in an unrelated case. Credit: New York Daily News / Jefferson Siegel

Two NYPD detectives from Long Island have been indicted on charges related to a second bogus arrest — this time involving a Queens man falsely accused of dealing drugs who wound up in Rikers Island for 51 days, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Dets. Kevin Desormeau and Sasha Neve, both 33, are each 10-year veterans of the NYPD who were assigned to the citywide gang unit, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said.

The two officers were awaiting arraignment Tuesday afternoon before acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron on a 10-count indictment stemming from the August 2014 arrest. The NYPD said Desormeau and Neve have been suspended.

The detectives were already facing charges in Manhattan after making false statements related to a November 2014 gun arrest of a 38-year-old man in Washington Heights, prosecutors said. According to Manhattan prosecutors, Neve’s last name at the time was Cordoba.

In the Queens case, authorities said Desormeau and Neve were each charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and official misconduct. Additionally, Desormeau was charged with first-degree perjury and with making a punishable false written statement, prosecutors said.

The perjury charge against Desormeau comes after Brown said he twice lied under oath — once before a grand jury, again at a court hearing — about the circumstances of the arrest.

Desormeau, of Bay Shore, faces up to 7 years in prison if convicted, while Neve faces up to 4 years in prison if convicted. Neve formerly lived in Queens and now resides in Nassau County.

Neve’s attorney, James Moschella, of Manhattan, was not immediately available for comment. Desormeau’s attorney, John Arlia, of Manhattan, also was not immediately available for comment.

The identity of the victim has not been released.

Authorities said that Desormeau and Neve arrested the victim on Aug. 28, 2014, for allegedly selling crack to a woman near the corner of 108th Avenue and Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens, between 6:40 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Brown said that Desormeau then stated in a criminal court affidavit that he had “observed a hand-to-hand exchange” between the man and the woman, who was not arrested, and that Desormeau claimed he had recovered rock cocaine from the suspect’s waistband at the time of the arrest.

That victim was then arraigned in Queens Criminal Court, charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance, and was held in lieu of bail at Rikers Island.

Desormeau testified before a grand jury about the alleged drug deal on Jan. 16, 2015, Brown said.

Brown said that on Nov. 5, 2015, Desormeau testified at a court hearing he had seen the man “engage in a drug transaction with two women on the street” — and that he had recovered a plastic bag containing crack cocaine and $725 in cash from the victim.

The story unraveled, Brown said, when the victim’s attorney presented his office with video surveillance from a restaurant and bar on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard that showed the victim playing pool during the “exact time” the alleged offense occurred. That video also showed the detectives enter the bar and escort him out, Brown said.

The charges against the victim were dismissed as a result.

The incident was then investigated by the New York City Internal Affairs Bureau, according to Brown, leading to the indictment of both Desormeau and Neve.

Last month, the detectives were indicted in a separate case in which prosecutors said they concocted information that led to the Washington Heights man’s arrest on weapons charges.

They face assorted felony and misdemeanor charges after allegedly making false statements to support the arrest on Nov. 6, 2014, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.

Vance has said the case was dismissed after an investigation revealed the officers made false statements about the arrest and conducted an illegal search.

The case is pending.


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