In a crime straight out of Bad Lieutenant, a Brooklyn cop was convicted of sexual abuse in the first degree for sexually molesting a female motorist after a traffic stop in Bushwick.
Officer Fernando Clerge, 40, will face a maximum of seven years jail time when sentenced next month. The state Supreme Court jury in Brooklyn, however, acquitted Clerge of the most serious charge attempting to commit a criminal sexual act.
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes provided the following account of the crime:
On November 20, 2005, Clerge and his partner, Charles McGeean, 39, were on duty when they pulled over a female motorist. McGeean sexually abused her in her car and then the officers followed her to her home in Bushwick. Once they arrived at the victim’s home, McGeean touched the victim’s buttocks and then left the apartment, leaving Clerge alone with the victim. Clerge then kissed the victim, groped her breasts attempted to force her to perform oral sex on him, and masturbated in front of her.
Clerge’s DNA was found in the victim’s apartment and on her clothing. McGeean pled guilty to misconduct and sexual abuse in the third degree in March and was sentenced to three years probation.