Long Island cop faces charges for on-duty affair

December 14, 2012 8:20:40 AM PST
A former Nassau County officer surrendered to police in Mineola Friday to face criminal charges after he allegedly visited the home of his mistress dozens of times while he was on duty.

The mistress, Tara Obenauer, is now suing the department.

Ex-officer Michael Tedesco, who abruptly resigned last spring after 18 years on the force, was indicted by a grand jury Thursday and was told to surrender. He pleaded not guilty to a 109-count indictment and was released on $5,000 bail.

Obenauer claims that during their seven-month affair, the 44-year-old Tedesco visited her Massapequa home for hours at a time while on duty, claiming he would leave his gun out in reach of her children. Neighbors called police after seeing his cruiser parked in front of the home every day.

The Nassau County Police Department reportedly started tracking Tedesco's vehicle with GPS and found the married father of two visited Obenauer's home 57 times while on the clock.

Obenauer has been cooperating with the investigation and says that as a result, Tedesco has threatened her. A judge issued an order of protection.

"He was screaming and cursing at me in a manner I had never seen from him before," Obenauer said. "I am afraid of retaliation from him."

Once Tedesco learned of the investigation, he abruptly retired without permission. He is now collecting his pension.

Tedesco and another officer are accused of having sex with another woman multiple times in a van while on duty. There has been no comment from Tedesco.

The charges include 80 misdemeanor counts of official misconduct, 25 felony counts of falsifying business records and four felony counts of tampering business records. Tedesco is due back in court on Jan. 9

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