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Seventh Precinct officer Michael Tedesco faces 109 counts for allegedly visiting homes of two girlfriends.

Former Nassau County Police officer Michael Tedesco, based in the Seventh Precinct, was hit with a 109-count indictment Friday for allegedly conducting affairs at the homes of two girlfriends when he was supposed to be on duty.

Tedesco, 44, of Holbrook, faces 80 counts of official misconduct, a misdemeanor, as well as 25 counts of falsifying business records and four counts of tampering with public records, both felonies.

He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

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According to prosecutors, in July 2011 Tedesco, who quit the police force after word of the scandal leaked, "fabricated a noise complaint at a woman’s home as a pretext to meet her," and an "intimate relationship ensued."

The cop also spent "considerable on-duty time," at the home of another woman, with whom he also had an intimate relationship, prosecutors said.

Tedesco allegedly failed to update the police department about his availability using the computer in his patrol car, as is required.

"On other occasions, he intentionally falsified data in the NCPD communications system to make it appear that he was responding to a call, even though GPS records show that he remained at a girlfriend’s home," DA Kathleen Rice's office said in a statement.

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Even when he did answer calls, prosecutors charged that he would linger at the homes rather than rush to the scene. In one case there was a report of a possible cardiac arrest, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said that both of the girlfriends lived a significant distance from Tedesco's patrol sector in the Seaford/Massapequa area.

Tedeco was investigated earlier this year by the Nassau County Police Internal Affairs Unit over his conduct at the home of Tara Obenauer, 42, a Wall Street executive from Massapequa.

Obenauer said in a newspaper interview earlier this year that Tedesco would have other officers cover for his absences, telling her, "Let the...newbies chase these kids from their parties and go to house alarm calls.’’

Prosecutors said the internal affairs investigation against Tedesco was launched when a neighor became suspicious about seeing a police cruiser parked in a girlfriend's driveway on a regular basis.

Obenauer asked for a restraining order in May against officer Tedesco and is also claiming Tedesco's actions have caused severe emotional and psychological damage.

A call to her home was not answered.

Tedesco spent hundreds of hours at the girlfriend's home between 2010 and February of 2012, according to the indictment. See PDF attached. 

He spent almost four hours of a 10-hour shift at one of the homes between Sept. 11-12, 2011, according to the papers.

Tedesco lawyer, Kevin Kearon, told Newsday (paid link) his client should not be prosecuted. 

"There's a big difference between allegations of disciplinary violations and criminal conduct," Kearon said. "Our position is no crimes were committed and we intend to defend that position."

Tedesco was released after paying $5,000 cash bail.

Cindy B December 15, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Doesnt suprise me!!!!!!!!! Some also call there friends to there accident calls instead of using the sheet!!!!!!!!!!! Tow car operators pay fees to be on the sheet but only a few happen to be around the corner from the accident get the call !!!!!!!!!!!! I What a shame !!!!!!!!!!!
Ozone Park Native December 15, 2012 at 12:43 PM
This man's actions are the reason why the "good cops" get a bad rap. What's even more disgusting is Ms. Tara Obenauer (1 of the girlfriends) has the nerve to sue Nassau County. If she was so distraught, why didn't she go to the DA years ago. Now, her affair becomes another bill that we need to pay for? BullS.....Listen Ms. Obenauer - you knew exactly what you were doing and with whom. Own your own MISCHIEVOUS behavior, take your punishment like a grownup. Sue the guy you were sleeping with and leave us taxpayers alone! Better yet, if you can't stand the fire, then MOVE away from it and don't let the door hit you in the BUTT
Lorraine DeVita December 15, 2012 at 01:07 PM
OPN- Well said! Is she that dense or naive or DUMB to realize a cop in uniform who is parking his cop car in front of her house is not on duty. I must say thank you to the neighbors who had the smarts to realize THEIR tax dollars were being used for both HIs and hers sexual gratification and called to complain. And to his brothers in BLUE in the 7th who covered his horny ass for him YOU TOO should lose your pensions and be kicked off the force and be held in shame as you are ALL as guilty as him and are a disgrace to the shields you wear. You put the people you are paid to protect AT RISK. The Seventh is tarnished a complete shakeup and an investigation is needed to restore the publics faith from the top down. . . We pay you to be cops to protect and serve not to use your shields and uniforms to satisfy your need for sexual gratification. Grow up..keep your you know whats in your pants and do your job. You have disgraced yourselves and your brothers in blue who take their job seriously...
Ozone Park Native December 15, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Lorraine - Right back at ya - you said what I held back. THANK YOU!!!!!! I'm positive there are others out there that feel the same way. DISGRACE is the perfect word for all involved with this.
Chris December 16, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Where we're his supervisors?! It is troubling to find out that the post cars are on patrol unsupervised. What the hell is going on in this department?! Where is the Police commissioner?! They can't say "no comment" forever. The light of real journalism needs to be shined on NPCD! The people want answers.
Lorraine DeVita December 17, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Whats truly sad is so many good cops will be defined by the actions of every single member of the 7th who looked the other way, covered his a--, and by in large with their support or head turning let down their fellow officers throughout the NCPD and least of all this AH;s poor wife his children as well as their own.
Patrick December 17, 2012 at 03:53 AM
@The Patch, How you can allow a completely unsubstantiated post such as Mitch's to remain on this string is beyond belief!! I was not aware that the Patch was in the business of promoting heresay, especially when there is no factual basis to substantiate this post, but is clearly used as a platform to promote someones own agenda. By the way Mitch, what was the disposition of your "friends" case? You seem to have left out some very important information about this statement. Please tell everyone if your "friend" was exonerated from the DUI charges. And I am sure that this officer pulled her over only to get her number, not because she did something to possibly indicate that she may have been drinking and driving, as you freely admit that she was. What an imbecillic comment. Fits right in with the tenor of this string, and the usual suspects.
Andrew Coen December 17, 2012 at 04:00 AM
@Patrick- Mitch's comment has been deleted for violating our terms of service.
Sal jeff March 07, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Hes a loser and shes been a whore her whole life. Remember your stripping days tara. How was college?
Mitch March 07, 2013 at 04:31 PM
You're not paying attention Lorraine. Did she break the law...YES ? Have we all had that extra glass of wine when we probably shouldn't have and driven...YES ? Would she have been let off the hook had she given him her number...YES ? Because she chose not to give him her number......she was arrested. It's irrelevant if she was exonerated from the DWI charges but because you're asking...NO, she was not. These are the facts ...draw your own conclusion as to what kind of Civil Servant this man was.

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