Judge Arrested For Burglary, Admits To Being Serial Panty Thief

Judge Robert Cicale was arrested after breaking into a 23-year-old woman's home.

East Islip, NY – A Suffolk County judge was in jail after he allegedly into a young woman’s house to steal her underwear.

Police say that Judge Robert Cicale, 49, broke into the 23-year-old neighbor’s house at about 9 a.m. March 29, according to the New York Daily News.

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.

Chris Brocato, president of the Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association, said that the judge has a reputation of being a good judge and a good person, too, according to Newsday.

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.

On Friday, Cicale allegedly wrote a complete confession to being a serial panty thief and wrote an apology letter to his victim, according to WABC.

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.

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Maybe a judge buddy will let him off. Most of the people are nowadays, then go out and re-offend............sick society


His days as a judge are over. If he hasn't, he should resign. He needs to be prosecuted as well as mental health counseling. I am wondering whether an incident like this is enough to get him put on a Sexual Offender list.


I hope he doesn't get the same treatment of the DUI judge. She is still getting paid after numerous more incidents related to her original DUI.


Let's face it. Nothing like a good panty raid to get the ED back in order.

prophetess anna
prophetess anna

I think the Judge should not be a judge anymore. His actions indicate that he must be very sick and need to be treated that way. I also think that if they did not remove his licence of the bench, they need to do that, and immediately! I hope the young lady will be ok