UPDATE: Former Officer Of The Year Identified As Trespass Suspect


UPDATE, 11:20 A.M.:

According to police sources, East Hampton Village Patrolman Mario Julio Galeano was the officer who was at the Talmage Lane home with TCO Jennifer Rosa.

Mr. Galeano did not answer his phone on Monday, but responded to a text message saying that he cannot speak about the matter at this time.

An acquaintance of his said that he is having a very hard time.

Ms. Rosa was terminated by the East Hampton Village Board at their meeting on Friday, effective retroactively to December 30, according to Village Mayor Paul Rickenbach Jr.

He said the patrolman is on paid leave.

“This alleged incident is unacceptable, inexcusable and most importantly, unlawful,” he said. “This incident violated public trust and the badge. We take this allegation very seriously and will deal with it as quickly as we can. In the future as it unfolds, it’s not something we’re not going to deal with. We have an obligation to the public.”

He said neither officer was on duty when they were at the home on Talmage Lane.

Neither the mayor or East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen Jr. would comment on what the officers were doing at the home or confirm the officers’ identities because of contract requirements with the Police Benevolent Association.

Mr. Galeano was named the 2012 police officer of the year at a Kiwanis awards ceremony for East End officers for using his intuitive skills to crack sex crimes involving minors in 2012.

Early in 2012, he was on a routine patrol when he noticed suspicious activity involving a van parked at a rest area in Wainscott, which turned out to be a case of intercourse between a 33-year-old Springs man, Kleber Sigcha, and the minor. The case led to a conviction of second-degree rape.

Mr. Galeano moved from Colombia to Montauk when he was 12 and graduated from the Montauk School and East Hampton High School before going on to the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, working summers as a village police TCO before joining the force full time in 2004.

When asked about losing his officer of the year, Chief Larsen said “Losing any officer is a big loss for us since we live in such a small place. But I can’t comment on who the officer is.”

A man, who said he lives at the Talmage Lane home with Arthur Dunnam, said they have no comment on the incident except that the story has not been reported entirely correct.


An East Hampton Village Police Officer was relieved of his badge and firearm and put on leave following a criminal trespass complaint from homeowners on Talmage Lane, according to East Hampton Village Police.

In a police report, the 31-year-old patrolman was found inside the Talmage Lane home with a 20-year-old part-time house cleaner on the morning of December 30. Neither of them had permission to be there, police said.

When the homeowner arrived at the house, he called police and said he wished to pursue charges because no one should have been in the house.

According to police, criminal charges have not yet been filed, but it doesn’t mean the department will not file misconduct or other charges in the case, which is still being investigated.

The police officer, whose name the department is not releasing at this time, has been with the East Hampton Village Police Department for nine years.

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