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Beacon Police Officer Sentenced To Six Months In Jail

Suspended Beacon Detective Sgt. Richard Sassi Jr was convicted of covering-up an affair with an informant by making false reports of a fictitious burglary. He was found guilty yesterday, and taken to Dutchess County Jail.

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Detective Sgt. Richard Sassi Jr., 34, was sentenced to six months in Dutchess County Jail for falsely reporting an incident to authorities, a misdemeanor, in August 2012. A jury of eight men and four women rendered the verdict on Oct. 4, after about 40 minutes of deliberation.

He is alleged to have called 911 after a physical altercation with an informant’s boyfriend inside her Town of Fishkill apartment. The boyfriend allegedly found Sassi hiding in a closet, in nothing but his boxer shorts. A fight ensued before Sassi allegedly pulled a gun on the boyfriend, according to prosecutors.

In court today, both Assistant District Attorney Matthew Weishaupt and Dutchess County Court Judge Stephen L. Greller expressed displeasure with the statements Sassi made to the Department of Probation in his pre-sentence report.

“There’s a bottom line, Mr. Sassi,” Greller said. “You took no responsibility for this crime.”

Sassi has not resigned from the police force, and will be in a termination hearing with officials of the Beacon Police Department in the near term. Sassi’s attorney, Jonathan Lovett, said that Sassi intends to appeal.

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