Police say a New York judge who repeatedly broke into his neighbor’s home to steal her underwear, has confessed to taking panties on multiple occasion.
He has pleaded not guilty
Suffolk County District Judge Robert Cicale, who s a married father of three young children, has now been removed from the bench and is looking at 15 years in prison.
Cicale has been arrested on burglary charges and appeared in court Friday morning.
Judge Robert claims he stole the panties upon feeling “urges.”
Cicale admitted that on multiple occasions to sneaking into the house across the street and stealing the underwear of a 23-year-old woman who’s currently living there with her parents.
A report from ABC13 states:
Cicarle was taken into custody after an incident that happened around 9 a.m. Thursday, when the young woman was alone. Prosecutors said she was sleeping but woke up when she heard the door open. She called out, “Hello?” and that’s when she saw Cicale at the doorway.
Authorities say he turned around and ran away, and the victim closed and locked the door and called her mother, who called 911. Responding officers say they saw Cicale walking up to a different house and pretending to knock on the door.
The Police approached and questioned him because he matched the description of the perpetrator the victim had described. They then found quite a few pairs of soiled women’s underwear on him, which the 23-year-old woman identified as her own.
Judge Robert Cicale has written a letter of apology to the woman and also provided a written confession.
“This is highly disturbing,” Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said. “This is an individual who swore to uphold the law. He violated it in a very serious way. The message here from both the Suffolk County Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office is that no one is above the law, and we’ll prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law.”
To prevent a conflict of interest, a Nassau County district judge presided over Cicale’s case. The pantie stealing Judge is expected to receive mental health treatment.
“His reputation throughout the court is stellar,” defense attorney William Wexler said. “Every judge, every lawyer respects him, and we just have to see how the process plays out.”
Wexler went on to say that the judge’s wife is standing by her husband through this process.
Cicale was ordered to be held on $50,000.