Judge pleads guilty to pilfering panties

A Suffolk County District Court judge pleaded guilty Friday to breaking into a neighbor’s home and stealing panties from her laundry hamper, CBS New York reported.

As CrimeOnline reported, Robert Cicale, of Long Island, was arrested on March 29, 2018, when he entered the home while the woman was sleeping. She told police that she awoke to “a man standing there,” according to the New York Post. The victim then phoned her mother, who dialed 911 while Cicale ran out. Officers found the judge walking to a different home and knocking on a door before they arrested him, according to the newspaper.

Cicale, a father of three, was found with “several pairs of women’s panties in his jacket pocket” and numerous other panties in a raincoat he was holding.

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According to the Post, Cicale knew the victim, who was 23, from her time interning in the Islip Town Attorney’s Office while Cicale was the town’s attorney. He told investigators that he felt “urges” to steal the panties and had broken into the woman’s home several times in the past.

Cicale was elected to the bench in 2015 and was suspended upon his arrest.

Cicale’s entencing is scheduled for November 15. The district attorney’s office said he is expected to be sentenced to five years of probation with sex offender conditions.

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[Feature Photo: Robert Cicale/Suffolk County Police Department]