Dirty Little Secrets in NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau

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"We're aware of Ms. Varney's allegations, and we're confident in the end that Sergeant Ellington will be exonerated," Ellington's attorney, Bruno Gioffre, tells the Voice. Gioffre declined to address Varney's specific allegations because the case is still under investigation by the NYPD.

Ellington asked her to "satisfy" him. She refused, but he insisted. Holding a camera, he told her that she wasn't going home until she performed a sex act with him. She says she fled to the bathroom. He convinced her to come out, and then, she claims, he gave her a glass of water that made her feel light-headed. She didn't pass out, she says, but she "felt looser, and kept seeing camera flashes."

"When I came to five hours later—it was 6 a.m.—he was smiling," she says. "He says you really satisfied me. He told me he had taken pictures, and he showed me the camera."

Detective Michael DePaolis is in official limbo as he is watched by IAB cameras while he works.
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Detective Michael DePaolis is in official limbo as he is watched by IAB cameras while he works.
Detective Michael DePaolis
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Detective Michael DePaolis


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Ellington, she says, brought her home, and then kept calling her, asking for a second chance and even giving her son a toy fire truck.

That January, he appeared at her apartment again, and Varney asked him for the pictures he had taken of her. He insisted that she ride with him to get them.

"I just wanted to get out, but he drove me to his house on Long Island," she says. "He handcuffed me in the bedroom and left me there. Then he comes back, and I tell him I want to go home, but he says you're not going home until you do what I want."

Varney claims that Ellington then took her to his basement and locked her down there for another four hours. He also took her phone and purse. "He's telling me I disrespected him, and this was my punishment," she says. "After that, I gave in and let him do whatever. I didn't know what else he was going to do. I didn't think he would let me leave."

Finally, Ellington drove her home, both apologizing and accusing her at one point of "trying to make him angry." She says she was terrified.

Eventually, Varney went to the 104th Precinct to file a complaint, but it didn't seem to go anywhere. Ellington learned of it and threatened, she claims, to make her life "a living hell."

In the meantime, she began to reconcile with her son's father, Domingo Figueroa. Figueroa ended up getting arrested at their apartment for "violating an order of protection" by officers from Ellington's precinct, the 104th.

She had another bizarre encounter with a cop from the 104th Precinct. A lieutenant, she claims, came to her apartment to talk about her order of protection against Ellington.

"He asks me to use the bathroom, comes out, and says, 'I like the shape of your lips, your eyes—you're an attractive woman," she claims. He says, 'Can we work something out?' I said, 'You're scaring me.' He says, 'Give me a hug and I'll leave.' I told him to leave. He grabs me, puts his tongue in my mouth. He grabs my right hand and puts it on his penis. I'm crying."

Varney claims that when the lieutenant left, he said, "I'm going to leave, but we need to finish this. It's Valentine's Day, and I don't have anyone."

The following day, the lieutenant called Varney to apologize. But that same day, February 15, she was arrested based on a complaint filed by her landlord.

The lieutenant appeared at her cell that day, and told her he was releasing her, she says. "I'm doing you a favor, and you owe me a favor," she says he told her.

At the end of February 2009, Varney moved in with her mother—mainly to get away from Ellington.

In late September 2009, Ellington appeared at her house on Long Island. He told her that if he couldn't have her, no one could have her. He told her that his wife had found out about her. Varney says he slapped her, pushed her against a wall outside her home, and drew his firearm. "He had that gun in my face and against my stomach," she says.

A neighbor called the Suffolk County police. An officer arrived and began questioning them. The officer asked her if she wanted to press charges. She says she was scared of Ellington, so she made up a story that someone else had assaulted her.

But the Suffolk County officer, sensing something was strange, insisted on speaking with her outside of Ellington's hearing. She later went to the 5th Precinct in Suffolk County, made a complaint, and got an order of protection from the court against Ellington.

Ellington was finally arrested in January for menacing with a firearm and endangering the welfare of a child. "He had to be arrested for what he did," she says. "It wasn't even a relationship. It was harassment." He was placed on modified assignment after his arrest, and he was transferred to a housing police precinct. Since then, the case has been pending in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.

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ps Lt Agnes opened my case but refused to answer emails asking for Sgt Chen's and Vergona's badge number.


Unlike Lt Angelo Burgos, Sgt Chen. DI Ed Winski, Chief Banks and new commander Timoney responded to me not treating me like IAB players and Lt Agnes of the try not to laugh -- the Integrity Bureau.

Capt Timoney said I am sure IAB will respond promptly. I said no disrespect but IAB responds like a turtle in molasses.


The link has a link in the text portion of Dr Fagelman's Delita Hooks false cross complaint that Det John Vergona used to threatened me with false arrest and finally succeed in coercing me to drop charges Sat Oct 29 2012. Coercion is a serious crime. Check the 2 links. I was clearly the victim but they did a criminal background check on me. I have no record. I will be filing the next stage of my lawsuit against Ray Kelly and IAB head Campisi nov 15 which will have a retaliation page laying out the many reasons NYPD and IAB fixed this like many other crimes like a Las Vegas Casino. Kelly and Campisi notified me via their lawyer they want to defend Det Vergona. IAB let him retire and we could not track him down on Staten Island. The Honorable Judge sided with me and said help me. Ray Kelly and IAB chief let me know where retired cop Vergona lives!!!! One Police Plaza. You all told me Kelly was corrupt! I understand. Ray Kelly taking free rides on Air Bloomberg for him and his wife a big clue. He isn't allowed to take a free cup of coffee.

Vergogna in Italian means shame. I have 2 audios. I at The First Precinct with PO Migori turning me away and Sgt Chen who said I could report Delita Hooks can't muster the courage or humanity to face me, u hear me call DI Winski, IAB and CCRB.

2nd audio IAB Sgt Mary O'Donnell. Both are on YouTube. You hear her say case closed.

IAB lt Fikru said the video speaks for itself but he was only investigation O'Donnell. He won't return my calls.

Time for a new Commission in to NYPD IAB corruption. I will be the 2nd to last to testify and will include Rosemari Nam's motion to dismiss that shows Lt Burgos opened and closed my case for 24 hours. He didn't think Ron Kuby's letter 2 day after my weekend date to be false arrested 19 days after the assault and battery at Dr Fagelman with Drlita Hooks false cross complaint and Ron writing Suzannah Troy drops the charges against her attacker... He uses the word attacker. IAB I learned does not know the meaning of the word "coercion". Coercion is a crime, not a policing tool. I will submit Kelly and Campisi's lawyer letter offering to pay for retired Vergona's legal bills - oops- the tax payers pay for NYPD IAB ........... U fill in the word.


i need to know why is the 70 precents officers only target the minority who live on flatbush. they will arrest this young man on illegal tresspass, even if they know a tenant. no first warning just given them paper trail.when is the injustice going to stop.

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