County judge in Long Island, NY, has admitted he broke into his 23-year-old neighbor’s home and stole her panties from her clothes hamper
Robert Cicale, 50, pled guilty to second-degree attempted burglary before Nassau County District Court Judge David Goodsell on Friday
Cicale an East Islip resident was detained on March 29, 2018
He had been going into the home of a 23-year-old woman who was a former intern at the Islip Town attorney’s office
Cicale used to work at that office, authorities stated
Police found that the judge had several pairs of panties stuffed down his suit jacket and raincoat when they apprehended him
Sentencing is scheduled for November 15
The suspended judge will likely be sentenced to five years of probation and will have to register as a sex offender
A suspended Long Island judge admitted in court on Friday to sneaking into his neighbor’s home and stealing panties from her clothes hamper, authorities said.
Robert Cicale, 50, pled guilty to second-degree attempted burglary before Nassau County District Court Judge David Goodsell in Suffolk County District Court in Central Islip.
The East Islip resident was detained on March 29, 2018, by Suffolk police after he had been knocking on a neighbor’s door.
Cicale is said to have just left the home of a different neighbor prior to arriving at the second neighbor’s home. The first neighbor was identified as a 23-year-old former intern at the Islip Town attorney’s office, where the judge used to work.
Police found that the judge had several pairs of panties stuffed down his suit jacket and raincoat when they apprehended him.
‘He violated the law, the public’s trust and the victims’ sense of security,’ District Attorney Timothy Sini said in a news release, according to Newsday.
‘Today’s disposition holds him accountable for his actions and serves justice.’
Suffolk County District Court Judge Robert Cicale [photo], who has since been suspended, is escorted out of Suffolk County District Court in Central Islip on March 30
Cicale’s attorney, Michael J. Brown, claimed that his client has changed.
‘Judge Cicale accepted responsibility for his actions today,’ Brown said. ‘He has served the people of Suffolk County honorably for the last 26 years, as a Legal Aid attorney, Town of Islip attorney and a district court judge. He has dealt with his mental illness issues in a proactive manner and is a better person for doing so.’
Cicale admitted to entering the home on multiple occasions, adding that he would leave abruptly in an effort to avoid getting caught.
‘I went into the house to take the panties again but left when I heard someone home,’ the lawyer allegedly told officers during his arrest. ‘The panties I had on me are from the other times I went into the house.’
Immediately before his election to the bench in 2015, Cicale served as Islip Town attorney.
The suspended judge is scheduled to be sentenced on November 15, where he is likely to be sentenced to five years of probation and will have to register as a sex offender, prosecutors said.
Cicale was elected to the bench in 2015 and had served as an attorney in Islip Town prior.