Charges Dropped When Evidence Proves Cop's Innocence, But He's Still Been Fired

Former Officer Christopher Stafford was fired from the Rockville Centre Village Police Department in February.

Mineola, NY – A judge dismissed all charges against a former police officer accused of secretly recording an off-duty sexual encounter because of new evidence that proves that the alleged victim asked him to record.

“What triggered the false complaint was a bad reaction to a breakup,” the officer’s attorney, William Petrillo, told Newsday.

Rockville Centre Village Police Officer Christopher Stafford, 28, was arrested for felony unlawful surveillance on Feb. 10, and lost his job five days later.

An unnamed 26-year-old woman had accused him of sending her a Snapchat photograph of herself taken from the video, according to court records.

He and the woman had been in a relationship for approximately four months, Newsday reported.

The allegations were lodged shortly after the officer broke up with her, Petrillo said.

Officer Stafford was approximately three weeks away from completing his 18-month probationary period with the department when he was fired over the arrest and allegations on Feb. 15.

Stafford maintained that the woman was well aware of the video, and presented “thousands” of text messages that showed her desire to record their sexual encounter.

“The text messages show that she was discussing, in detail, her desire to create the tape,” Petrillo told Newsday.

“It is very clear what happened here. This was a relationship that Mr. Stafford was ending and this was a knee-jerk reaction. This false complaint made by the complainant was a knee-jerk reaction to a breakup,” Petrillo told News 12 Long Island.

After investigating the additional information, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Signas’ office determined there was “insufficient evident,” and asked the court to toss the case out, Newsday reported.

Nassau County Court Judge Anthony Paradiso dismissed the charge against the former officer on Wednesday.

“This has been a nightmare for him,” Petrillo said after the hearing. “He’s known from day one that he’s innocent.”

Stafford now hopes to return to his position at the Rockville Centre Village Police Department.

“Any and all legal measures will be taken to get officer Stafford reinstated,” Petrillo said.

The woman who filed the false report will not be criminally charged, according to the district attorney’s office.

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NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

She runes the mans life and she is not being charged!?!?!?!!!! What total bullshit.

Mrdan
Mrdan

Lock the bitch up.she filed a false police report , got the officer fired for what so she can get her rocks off by making a video of her having sex ? this one needs a nice long vacation in a mental institution . whact job . I hope the officer sues her and the dept

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Even if he had permission to take the images, why was he sending them through Snapchat? Did he put them anywhere else in cyberspace? This is probably the sort of issue that is better handled through a civil suit than a criminal suit -- and, who knows, maybe a civil suit is going and Newsday neglected to mention it. I am not going to jump to the conclusion that the unnamed woman perjured herself until I see exactly what she said. Even though he did not engage in criminal conduct here, it seems like the former officer may have shown poor judgement in handling sensitive materials -- and employers really hate that kind of thing.

John.Brown
John.Brown

He should get his job back. There is absolutely no evidence that he broke any law. Although unadvisable, there is no law the prohibits consenting adults from filming sexual encounters or sharing them via social media. With that said, cops get into more trouble because of social media. You would think they would learn, but to this generation, they are tied at the hip to social media.

Budman
Budman

Karma is coming back bitch

wmc50
wmc50

@Burgers Allday did you even read the article?

Da$
Da$

She commited a crime when she filed a false report. WHY no charges, why no civil case for damages???? It's total BS she isn't being charged!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

No charges for filing a false report??? That's bull crap!! She needs to learn the hard way you can't do this to people!! I hope he files a suit against her for damages. Stupid ass biatch!!!

61mouse
61mouse

So why is the bitch ....WHOSE NAME SHOULD BE MADE PUBLIC not charged after ruining this guy's life and costing him his job .

61mouse
61mouse

@Rascal1966 and name her

Marxest
Marxest

I feel awful for this young man, all of his hard work and dreams dashed because of bad judgement, and malice and twitchy bureaucrats. He fell victim to a trap set by a vindictive and spurned woman. As for the complainant, women who file false rape/sexual abuse allegations are rarely charged or held accountable for their actions. No shock there. Mr Stafford can probably sue her, but I doubt it would accomplish much. The Rockville Centre Village Police department took full advantage of the probationary period and wrongly terminated him. It wasn't right, but it was within the Department's rights. Their policy is designed that way. I wish Mr Stafford success in getting his position back and hopes he learns about the danger of social media.

Bob480hivolt
Bob480hivolt

Since she was kind enough to ruin his life and the Socialist DA is not going to charge her with a crime the city should give him back his job!

Jmo
Jmo

Another example of a woman using the me too movement to falsely accuse a man of something and ruining his career and life. This generation of women are pathetic.

New Jersey girl1
New Jersey girl1

She should be put in jail

Aco1979
Aco1979

I am a woman who is tired of woman coming out of the woodwork, sometimes years later, doing whatever is necessary to ruin a man’s career. I was assaulted (not raped) twice, at 14 and 20. I chose to say nothing then and would never say anything now. I moved on.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Women cry and demand justice saying there is a "double standard." There certainly is one, since they are never prosecuted for making false police reports, making false statements resulting in malicious prosecutions.

Whutsup
Whutsup

She should be charged in order to stop these false "me too" assaults. It would give credibility to real accusations.

Stanracer
Stanracer

She should be charged. This is so typical of the courts to let the woman walk.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

The woman became aware of the video, the complaint said, when Stafford forwarded a photo from the video through Snapchat, with a caption reading: “just in case. Folder.”

dennodogg
dennodogg

I guess that I would have to see the video evidence before I could comment fairly.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Maybe you have, and just didn't realize it.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

So let me get this straight....she can make a false allegation against a police officer just to get even over the breakup and risk the officer getting fired, but her identity is protected....That doesn't make any sense at all!!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I can help you get it straight. The prosecutor said that there wasn't enough evidence to meet the beyond a reasonable doubt standard, but didn't say that the woman lied. The defense lawyer said that the woman flat out lied (or at least that the charging document lied, which is not necessarily the same thing as the woman lying). Here at the Blue Lives Matter, we tend not to believe what defense attorneys say, so we don't think the woman flat out lied.

Allen45
Allen45

We can't buy or sell without the mind and heart of the beast.

McFarlane
McFarlane

Such bullshit. She should be charged. Not enough evidence? What about the texts...that saved his ass. Really? Sick of these women who are acting like such victims.

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

It was not an ambush.