Suffolk County District Judge Robert Cicale faces 15 years in prison after he was caught breaking into the home of a young female neighbor and stealing her dirty underwear.
Cicale was taken into custody after an incident that happened around 9 a.m. Thursday, when the young woman was alone. Prosecutors said she was sleeping but woke up when she heard the door open. She called out, “Hello?” and that’s when she saw Cicale at the doorway.
Authorities say he turned around and ran away, and the victim closed and locked the door and called her mother, who called 911. Responding officers say they saw Cicale walking up to a different house and pretending to knock on the door.
They approached him because he matched the description of the person the victim described. They reportedly found several pairs of soiled women’s underwear on him, which the victim identified as her own.
Although Cicale admits to multiple counts of panty pilfering – saying he was “gripped by an urge” – he has plead not guilty to the burglary charge.
So far, the judge’s wife is standing by her husband through this process.
via ABC News:
Neighbors were shocked when they learned of the judge’s arrest.
“He’s a family man, he’s always outside playing basketball with his kids,” neighbor Jay Moceri said. “He’s always jogging. He’s always friendly to everybody in the neighborhood.”