East Islip, NY – A Suffolk County judge was in jail after he allegedly into a young woman’s house to steal her underwear.
The woman heard a noise and saw a man in her house and then called the police.
The intruder ran out when he realized he was not alone in the house, police said.
The police found Cicale two blocks away and he had woman’s underwear on him. The judge fit the description given by the woman. The police didn’t know if he had taken the underwear that day or on a previous break-in.
One neighbor said the judge was a family man who had lived on the block for a decade, the New York Daily News reported.
“No way, no way,” Jay Moceri, a 42-year-old construction worker said. “He's always out there playing basketball with his kids and seems to be a good family man.”
Cicale is a Republican who was elected judge in 2015. He previously had been Islip’s town attorney since 2012.
He was charged with second-degree burglary.
Brocato said the judge was “universally loved” by prosecutors and defense attorneys. Brocato added that when you walked into Cicale’s courtroom, people knew they were going to be treated fairly.
“This is a very nice individual, a very compassionate individual,” Brocato said.
Newsday reported that Cicale worked for the Legal Aid Society, which represented indigent people.
He was ordered held on $50,000 bail and has been relieved of his judicial duties.
Defense Attorney William Wexler said that his wife is standing by his side, according to WABC.