A Long Island Railroad engineer accused of allowing a passenger to drive the train, made a deal with Nassau prosecutors Tuesday and pleaded to a lesser charge.
Ronald Cabrera, 41, of Port Jefferson, admitted to allowing the William Kutsch, 48, into the control cab of a westbound train traveling from Hicksville to Hunters Point Avenue, so that prosecutors would dismiss the original charges based on Kutsch actually driving the train. Cabrera's charges were downgraded from reckless endangerment to the misdemeanor charge of official misconduct.
The incident happened in July 2009, and resulted in Cabrera's termination after 20 years of employment.
Cabrera reportedly allowed Kutsch, a court reporter, into the cab in exchange for free legal advice pertaining to Cabrera's ongoing divorce proceedings.
Cabrera has been sentenced to 50 hours community service and required to pay a $500 fine.
The initial charge of reckless endangerment filed against Kutsch is still pending, however, and he could face up to a year in jail if convicted.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun