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Sometimes those who we respect the most are those that have the dirtiest secrets. A NY judge that police say repeatedly broke into his neighbor’s house to steal her underwear has confessed to snatching underwear on multiple occasions, although he’s pleaded not guilty.

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Still, Suffolk County District Judge Robert Cicale has been removed from the bench and is facing up to fifteen years in prison. Cicale was arrested on burglary charges and appeared in court Friday morning. A judge is a married father of 3 young kids, and he’s accused of slipping in a house across the road and stealing the underwear of a 23 year old girl who resides there with her own parents.

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He reportedly knew the woman from when she worked as a trainee in the Islip Town Attorney’s Office, when he used to work there. In his confession, he said he stole the underwear upon setting urges. He admitted that on a number of he entered the house, opened his basket and took the underwear. Cicarle was taken into custody following an incident that occurred around 9 a.m. Thursday, when the young girl was alone. Prosecutors said that she was sleeping awakened when she heard the door shut.

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She called out, Hello? . And that is when she watched Cicale at the doorway. Police says he turned around and hurried away, and the sufferer closed and secured the door and called her mother, who called 911. Responding officers say they watched Cicale walking to another house and pretending to knock on the door. They approached him because he matched the description of the individual the sufferer described. They reportedly found a couple pairs of soiled women’s underwear on him, which the victim identified as her own. Cicale wrote a letter of apology to the victim and provided a written confession.

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This is extremely disturbing, Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said. This is a person that swore to uphold the law. He raped her in a really significant manner. The message here in both the Suffolk County Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office is that no one is above the law, and we’re going to pursue this case to the fullest extent of the law. A Nassau County district judge presided over Cicale’s case to prevent a conflict of interest. Cicale is likely to get mental wellness therapy.