Three high-ranking Nassau County police officials were charged Thursday with several counts of misconduct and conspiracy, stemming from a case involving the son of a benefactor of the local police department.
All three are accused of using their influence to slow down the investigation into a robbery that happened at a local high school in 2009.
According to officials, Second Deputy Commissioner William Flanagan, a 30-year veteran of the police force, was indicted along with Deputy Chief of Patrol John Hunter and recently retired detective sergeant Alan Sharpe.
The charges stem from their handling of a burglary investigation at Kennedy High School in Bellmore in May 2009.
A student named Zachary Parker was accused of stealing $3,000 worth of electronic equipment from the school.
Initially, the case never went anywhere, despite what seemed like strong evidence against him.
As it turns out, Parker's father Gary was a prominent fundraiser for the Nassau County Police Department Foundation - so that raised serious questions about whether these police officials tried to squash the investigation.
Zachary Parker was eventually arrested by the District Attorney's office, after a grand jury indicted him. Charges against him are still pending.
Meantime, attorneys for all three officials have denied the charges, and there are reports that Flanagan and Hunter resigned earlier this week.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun