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Crime & Punishment: Fairfield Police Officer Arrested For Peeping
"Being a police officer was in my blood," former Fairfield cop Nicholas Vanghele told a state Superior Court. "My mother was a probation officer, my brother is a police officer. I always felt I would go out in a body bag with honors." Instead, on Oct. 21, 2009, Vanghele was caught peeping into the window of a fellow officer's home to ogle his wife. After an internal investigation, Vanghele was given a choice: resign or be fired. He resigned and went on to start a house-flipping business and a modeling career. Now, he is suing the Town of Fairfield, claiming he should have been allowed to retire on disability, with 66 percent of his salary, because his actions were supposedly the result of alcohol and prescription drug addiction that stemmed from a work-related injury, reports the Connecticut Post. An attorney for the town noted that, despite now claiming to be disabled at the time, Vanghele played on the department softball team. "But I really sucked," the former officer said in his defense.
By Nick Keppler
May 28, 2013