East Hampton Cop Suspended After Alleged Sex With Housekeeper At Vacant Village Home

The officer has been suspended pending his trial, which is slated to take place within the next month.

Julio Mario Galeano poses for a photo as Officer of the Year 2012. Photo Credit: Taylor Vecsey
Julio Mario Galeano poses for a photo as Officer of the Year 2012. Photo Credit: Taylor Vecsey
The officer involved in an alleged East Hampton sex scandal has been suspended, according to police.

Julio Mario Galeano, 31, has been suspended for 30 days without pay after an alleged sexual encounter he had in a village home, East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen confirmed Monday.

The East Hampton Village board voted to suspend Galeano without pay on Friday, pending his trial, which is slated to take place within the next 30 days, Larsen said.

According to The New York Post, "law-enforcement sources" identified Galeano as the village cop facing disciplinary action — and possible criminal charges over an alleged sexual encounter he had in a village house he didn't have permission to be at. 

Galeano was relieved from duty and another village employee was fired following a complaint of criminal trespass at a house in the village in December. 

According to a previously released incident report, the two were caught a house on Talmage Lane after guests of the homeowner arrived on Dec. 30 at about 11 a.m.  They did not have the homeowner's permission to be there, according to police. 

Neither the officer nor the woman, whom Larsen described in a statement as a 20-year-old part-time civilian employee, have been charged. 

"At this point in time criminal charges have yet to be filed in the case at the request of the property owner; however, this will not preclude the department from filing misconduct or other charges in the case, should they be warranted," Larsen said in the statement last month.

The employment of Jennifer Rosa, a part-time traffic control officer, was terminated, a move approved by the East Hampton Village Board at their monthly meeting, effective retroactively to Dec. 30.

The woman was allegedly a part-time house cleaner at the residence, Larsen said. 

The officer, a nine-year employee, was relieved of his badge and firearm on Dec. 30 and he remains on leave, Larsen said last month. 

An internal investigation of the incident is continuing, and further departmental action against Galeano is expected, police said initially.

The pair have not been charged, though the initial incident report and the chief stated that he homeowner did wish to pursue charges.

Last January, Galeano was named the department's 2012 Officer of the Year and was honored at the annual Kiwanis Club dinner.

Galeano was selected, in part, because of his tenacity that led to bringing forth a rape case, officials said at the time. In January of 2012, Galeano was turning around at the rest stop in Wainscott, at the western edge of the department's jurisdiction, when he noticed some movement in a parked vehicle.

"Somebody else might have kept on driving right by," Larsen said, at the time, of Galeano's quick thinking during the initial investigation. "He's done a great job his entire career," he said last year.

Galeano joined the department after graduating from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. He was the first, and remains the only, Latino officer in the department.

A Springs resident, he started working for the village as a traffic control officer in 2000.

When he was 12 years old he emigrated from a small town in Colombia to the East End. He attended the Montauk Public School and then graduated from East Hampton High School. He recalled going on a ride-along with a town police officer when he was in middle school, when speaking to Patch last year.

The experience only further cemented his dream of becoming a police officer, something he said he wanted to do as long as he can remember. "It's a good job and it's a great way to help the community," he said. "The community is changing a lot," he said, adding that he hopes he can act as "a role model to somebody," even if it's just one small child.

MARTIN DREW March 05, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Radke - the girl involved LOST HER JOB . The officer should be given special treatment AGAIN. ? REAL men stand accountable for ALL their actions .. good or bad . When bad - a consequence is due society - Not a free pass - how obtuse to expectation of law are you ? Equality under the law? I trespass - I get arrested Officer of the year trespasses - the girl gets fired - he gets "blue wall special treatment" does this sound like equality under the law? IF OFFICER OF THE YEAR was a man of his claims - turn yourself in - stand accountable for YOUR actions - put yourself through the due process YOU bring on others while enforcing the law . Arrested / Mug Shot / Fingerprinted / arraigned / bailed/ court date / hire your lawyer/ begin the due process of defending yourself..plea / trial - ---you have choices - clear your name ? accept your wrongdoing ? community service - fine / probation .. jail? DUE PROCESS DEMANDS EQUAL TREATMENT UNDER THE LAW - Have I been DISCRIMINATED against - my civil rights violated? Starting to wonder if I need a lawyer to sue these pro-arrest types when I've had a error in judgement and failed to get the FREE TO BE PASS ... YOU GET IT NOW RADKE ? DUE PROCESS - learn the meaning / SKAY pull your head out of your troll ass ... you ignorant troll !! LOL - Well off to the Beach AGAIN! Practico mas Duetch / poquito espagnol -- sin trabajo -- mas sol y mar y arena / cervezas .. mi viva es SUPERIOR !! Vida Loco ! WAPA!!! LOL m^m
BK13 March 05, 2014 at 01:58 PM
She lost her job because she shouldn't have allowed him in AT HER JOB. For all he knew, she had permission for him to be there. (No I don't really believe that but Martin is going postal here). If one of my bartenders gives out a free beer, I would fire HER if it was without my consent. But I couldn't fire the customer from his job - all he did was receive something. Hehehehe.
knee jerk March 12, 2014 at 01:53 AM
Maybe she thought "cleaning the pipes" was part of the job description.
local Business owner March 25, 2014 at 11:10 PM
Patch sux now
michael dickerson March 31, 2014 at 12:24 PM
I think I have had just about enough of this cop banging "illegally" in a local residence story. It just seems to fascinate and enrage at the same time. As my Grandfather often said of amoral people, "Got no use for that one"! All I know is that there are many law enforcement officials from Judges on down that seem able to get away with murder and consider themselves worthy of the public trust. Most citizens who have been victimized by the justice system; its' wheelings and dealings and ability to turn integrity on and off as if it was a spicket do what I do. When I see them on the street I turn my back and walk away. It is a practice that allows me deal with the sad state of amorality "justice" is in.


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