Tuesday, July 9, 2013

NY - Former New Rochelle cop (Matthew Melillo) avoids jail, must register as sex offender

Ex-officer Matthew Melillo
Matthew Melillo
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By Lee Higgins

A former New Rochelle police officer who prosecutors said sent a sexually explicit video over the Internet to an investigator posing as a 15-year-old girl was sentenced Tuesday to five years probation.

Matthew Melillo, 32, must also register as a sex offender. He pleaded guilty in April to a felony charge of first-degree attempted disseminating indecent material to a minor.

On Tuesday, he spoke only to answer a routine question from Westchester County Judge Susan Cacace during his brief sentencing appearance in White Plains.

Westchester County prosecutors said that, between Aug. 3 and Aug. 29, Melillo chatted online with an investigator from the District Attorney’s Office and discussed a series of “specific sexual acts.”

Omar Small, assistant to the New Rochelle city manager, said Tuesday that Melillo no longer works for the city. Melillo, who was suspended without pay after his arrest in September, made $63,391 a year.

He joined that department in July 2010 and was assigned to patrol, having previously worked for the department as a community service officer since 2004.

Police said Melillo had no history of misconduct.

He recently moved from New Rochelle to the Bronx.

Melillo is due back in court Sept. 17 for a hearing to classify him on the state sex offender registry.

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