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DA: Former Nassau Cop From Huntington Station Indicted

Nassau Detective Sergeant Alan Sharpe conspired to prevent arrest of son of police donor, according to DA’s office.

Three former Nassau County Police officials, one from Huntington Station, were indicted Thursday on charges they conspired to prevent the arrest of Merrick teenager Zachary Parker whose father was a financial benefactor of the police, the Nassau County District Attorney's office says.

Detective Sergeant Alan Sharpe, 54, of Huntington Station, is charged with second degree offering a false instrument for filing; two counts of official misconduct; and sixth degree conspiracy in connection with the case. He faces up to two years in jail if convicted and sentenced consecutively. His annual salary as of Dec. 31, 2011 was $138,776. Sharpe retired on Jan. 5.

Parker, now 20, was charged with stealing more than $3,000 worth of computers after he allegedly broke into  in 2009.

Parker's attorney, Marc Gann of Mineola told Newsday that police never arrested him. Gann said Gary Parker, the teen's father, who has friends in the police department, contacted school and police officials and asked them to handle the incident as a civil rather than a criminal matter.

The Long Island Press, which reported in 2011 that Gary Parker is a business associate of the Nassau Police Department Foundation, founded to help fund a new police academy. The investigation found no criminality on the part of the NCPDF, according to the DAs office.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice described the arrests of the officers as a sad day for law enforcement.

"These defendants violated their oath and the law when they prevented a suspect's arrest and took investigative direction from the suspect's father," sadi Rice. "The people of Nassau County deserve equal and fair justice, and they deserve public officials who will perform their duties free from undue influence."

Also charged are:

Second Deputy Commissioner William Flanagan, 54, of Islip, charged with receiving reward for official misconduct, a felony; two counts of official misconduct; and and sixth degree conspiracy. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted. His annual salary as of Dec. 31, 2011 was $224,929. Flanagan submitted his resignation on Feb. 29.

Deputy Chief Inspector John Hunter, 59, of Oyster Bay, is charged with two counts of official misconduct and sixth degree conspiracy. He faces up to one year in jail if convicted. His annual salary as of Dec. 31, 2011 was $177,874. Hunter submitted his resignation on Feb. 29.

The  released the following statement:

"The district contacted the Nassau County Police Department in May 2009 concerning the theft of property from John F. Kennedy High School. The district completed necessary forms to file charges against the perpetrator. The district has fully cooperated with the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office investigation into the circumstances of this matter."

Mike D March 01, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Wow! 541k in salary for 3 officers. Guaranteed that if they are found guilty or plead to a lesser charge, they get to retire with full pensions that taxpayers will be stuck with paying for the next 30 years.
Jim R. March 01, 2012 at 09:35 PM
They should be tarred and feathered. What an absolute disgrace.... unfortunately, they will get a slap on the wrist and keep all their ridiculous benefits.
vlong March 01, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Maybe, Jim R. someday you will be involved in a situation....and someone will say the same thing about you!
Jim R. March 02, 2012 at 01:39 AM
vlong - Your comment makes no sense.
REG INDEP March 02, 2012 at 02:45 AM
First off their pensions are 1/2 that amount 2nd no body dismisses more crime cases than the DA who started this whole thing. She decides what cases she can win and prosecutes them and dismisses the rest. She's running for attorney general this is political. Why now it happened in 2008 . What they did was wrong I'm not sticking up for them but, you want guys who gave 30 yrs of service to go to jail for giving a high school kid a break? It won't happen. Rice is looking for press and remember he first act as DA WAS TO HIVE HER SISTER A CUSHY JOB.shes no better
Jim R. March 02, 2012 at 03:36 AM
REG INDEP - Yes, i do want to hold these three to the fire. I do not care they gave thirty years service... that makes this act even worse. They should know better and be held to a much higher standard. This is not about Rice, this is about the protector's of the law who abused their power to protect a benefactor's delinquent son instead.
Robert W March 02, 2012 at 04:24 AM
So much for innocent until proven guilty.
Debbie March 02, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Innocent until proven guilty only applies if he is accused. He was never arrested and charged.
Mike D March 02, 2012 at 01:51 PM
If they're innocent, why did one retire 2 months ago and the others resign 2 days ago?
REG INDEP March 02, 2012 at 03:22 PM
@jim h okay you don't care that they gave 30 years says a lot about you .they retired to protect their pensions which they have earned. One indiscretion should not void the retirement for the rest of their lives after giving 30 years of service. They did not commit the crime the kid did they just chose to give him a pass 17-year-old in high school. and this is about Kathleen Rice and her running for Atty. Gen. she uses this as a steppingstone to show that she is tuff.again she does the same thing picks and chooses the cases based on her conviction rate what she can win it happens with all DA's their politicians. The three cops are going to walk and get their pensions so go after the kid why put three good guys in jail
Jim R. March 02, 2012 at 04:57 PM
REG INDEP - "okay you don't care that they gave 30 years says a lot about you ." You know what it says about me? I expect people, who are in higher ranking positions, to hold themselves to a stricter standard. The fact that they were in the force for 30 years and they let something slide, makes it even worse. They should lead by example. Your suggestion to exonerate them does not paint you in the best light.
Jim R. March 02, 2012 at 04:57 PM
The court of public opinion is far different than the court of the law.
Robert W March 02, 2012 at 09:12 PM
No kidding I am talking about the officers
Robert W March 02, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Just like the NYPD "Ticket fixing scandal" this has been going on since the first police dept was formed. Does it make it right? I don't know. If this were a serious felony I can see the uproar, Seems more like a political witchunt.
Steve March 12, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Why be a cop if you can't get a friend off or out of parking ticket.....you have to have some perks!
Giambona Jr January 19, 2013 at 04:45 AM
They are three criminals and should be treated no different than anyone else who commits a crime.There are many more other corrupt lower level detectives and officers out there committing official misconduct crimes all the time .The NCPD has a horrible Internal affairs unit. Maybe they are under staffed because us residents of nassau county do not pay enough taxes could that be !
Giambona Jr January 19, 2013 at 04:50 AM
Hopefully a jury will find the three stooges guilty on all counts.Then maybe the NCPD will wake up and watch there own crimes being committed right under there nose.

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