A New York judge pled not guilty to a felony burglary charge after breaking into his neighbor’s home to steal her worn undergarments, prosecutors said.
Suffolk County district court judge Robert Cicale, admitted he had broken into the woman's Long Island home several times and stolen underwear out of her clothing hamper, District Attorney Timothy Sini said.
The 23-year-old woman—once worked as an intern for Cicale when he was a municipal town attorney—was alone in her home in East Islip when she heard a noise and saw a man running off, police said.
The woman called her mother, who then called 911.
When the officers arrived, they found Cicale on the street carrying several pairs of soiled undergarments.
Cicale told police that he took the underwear during another break-in, Sini said.
According to court documents, he told investigators that he “went into the house to take the panties again”
“This is very disturbing,” Sini said in an interview. “In his confession, he noted he had urges to do this, to engage in this behavior.”
Investigators are still trying to figure out how many times Cicale broke into the woman’s house.
“The underwear he had on him when police approached him were underwear that were stolen on prior occasions,” Sini said. “He admitted he had gone into the home unlawfully on a few other occasions.”
It was unclear why Cicale was carrying underwear he previously took.
Cicale was “temporarily relieved of his judicial duties” and his case was referred to the state’s Court of Appeals to determine whether he should be suspended, court system spokesman Lucian Chalfen said.
A restraining order was issued which prevents Cicale from contacting the victim.
He will also be required to wear a GPS monitor, as a condition of his bail.
Cicale was released after posting $25,000 bail.