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September 24, 2010

2010.09.24: FYI: 18 women claim Brooklyn cop Charles Derosalia illegally strip-searched them

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, September 24, 2010 4:43 PM
To: CRIMINAL BKLYN ATTYS ALL
Subject: FYI: 18 women claim Brooklyn cop Charles Derosalia illegally strip-searched them

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/09/24/2010-09-24_eighteen_women_claim_brooklyn_cop_charles_derosalia_illegally_stripsearched_them.html

18 women claim Brooklyn cop Charles Derosalia illegally strip-searched them

BY Joe Jackson and John Marzulli

DAILY NEWS WRITERS

Friday, September 24th 2010, 4:00 AM

An NYPD narcotics detective is facing dismissal over allegations he improperly strip-searched 18 women – but he’s calling them all lying druggies.

Two of the women have filed federal suits against Detective Charles Derosalia, including Claudia Bova, who says he forced her to pull her pants down so he could photograph a below-the-navel tattoo with a cell phone camera.

The married Derosalia is facing departmental trial. Bova and three other women have testified so far. If Derosalia is found guilty of the charges, he’ll likely be fired.

The probe was launched after Bova complained about the incident, which took place in a bathroom at the Brooklyn district attorney’s office in June 2007.

She had been arrested in a Coney Island drug sweep and later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and got drug treatment.

Investigators from the Internal Affairs Bureau tracked down dozens of women who had been arrested in similar sweeps by Derosalia’s team at Brooklyn South Narcotics, and 17 others said they had been strip searched by him.

NYPD regulations prohibit male cops from performing strip searches of female prisoners.

Bova’s lawyer Nicole Bellina said she was shocked to learn the number of victims.

“[Derosalia] assumed he was never going to be called out on his behavior,” said Bellina, who has filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn Federal Court.

None of the women accuse Derosalia of touching them – or himself – during the prohibited searches.

Another woman who testified, Quantalis Legrand, claims Derosalia watched her change out of pajamas into street clothes, exposing her breasts and panties to him in the bedroom of her Avenue X apartment.

She claims in her suit that Derosalia ordered her to lift her shirt and pull down her pants at the 61st Precinct stationhouse so he could check for contraband.

Outside his Long Island home yesterday, Derosalia said the women are liars.

“Of course I’m denying it,” he said. “Unfortunately, people can sue you all the time.”

Derosalia, 31, said his wife and family are standing behind him.

“They know how . . . stuff gets blown up,” he said.

Defense lawyer James Moschella called the women “admitted drug addicts” and “opportunists,” adding that Derosalia will take the stand in his own defense in November when the departmental trial resumes.

jmarzulli@nydailynews.com

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/09/24/2010-09-24_eighteen_women_claim_brooklyn_cop_charles_derosalia_illegally_stripsearched_them.html#ixzz10Tvjdf2M

 

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