A former Nassau County Police officer who abruptly left the department amid allegations he had an on-duty affair, visiting his mistress’ home 57 times, was arraigned Friday at Supreme Court in Mineola.
Michael Tedesco, a former Seventh Precinct patrol officer, faced 109 criminal counts at his arraignment this morning. He surrendered just after 7 a.m. to investigators at the Nassau County District Attorney’s office before being brought to processing at Nassau County police headquarters.
A grand jury handed down an indictment on Dec. 4, which charged Tedesco with 80 counts of Official Misconduct, 25 counts of Falsifying Business Records and 4 counts of Tampering with Public Records. Appearing for arraignment this morning at Supreme Court in Mineola, Tedesco pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
According to sources, Internal Affairs officers conducted an investigation after receiving a tip from a neighbor that Tedesco’s marked patrol car was seen multiple times parked in front of the home of his mistress, Tara Obenauer. In the spring, Obenauer filed legal papers with the intent to sue Nassau County for $10 million, claiming the county failed to properly supervise Tedesco while he was on duty. In those papers, she said that Tedesco would visit her home for hours almost every day and that he removed his gun belt and left it unattended near Obenauer’s children several times.
Tedesco is currently being held in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond, records show. He is due back in court on Jan. 9.