Patchogue Code Enforcement Officer Vehicle

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Patchogue Code Enforcement Officer Accused Of Forcibly Touching 2 Women

May 17, 2018 - 1:43 pm

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A code enforcement officer on Long Island stood accused Thursday of sexually touching two women.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, both incidents allegedly happened around 4 a.m. – one on April 16, the other this past Sunday. Police said the code enforcement officer for the Village of Patchogue told the women he wanted to help them – either to find their car or to drive them home.

The man was wearing a uniform and looked trustworthy, and the women got into his marked sport-utility vehicle, police said. Soon afterward, the officer forcibly touched the women, police said.

“Particularly with the summer months coming, individuals exercise common sense when leaving any sort of establishment at the late hours of the night, please – whether male or female – travel in groups or with somebody else,” said Suffolk County police Commissioner Geraldine Hart.

The suspect – Dennis Fajardo, 28 – was arrested. Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri said the village is working to fire Fajardo.

“When these kinds of things happen, it becomes very, very personal. But it’s something we have to direct,” Pontieri said. “We have to make sure that our public safety officers know their responsibilities.”