Two Norwalk cops arrested after being present in hotel room collectively on obligation

NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) — Two Norwalk Police branch officers had been arrested following an October 2020 incident during which they have been present in a inn room together while on obligation.

On Oct. 10, 2020, Officers Michael Dimeglio and Sara Laudano had been working in the patrol division. At about 12:forty seven a.m. dispatch become unable to attain Officer Laudano on her police radio or cellphone.

computerized automobile finding gadget turned into checked and police were capable of locate her vehicle within the area of 426 leading Ave. Supervisors responded to the region and located her marked patrol vehicle in the parking lot of the Even inn together with Officer Dimeglio’s marked patrol car.

Supervisors made contact with lodge administration and learned Dimeglio and Laudano had been in a room on the hotel. Supervisors proceeded to the room and discovered each officers.

Supervisors discovered the pair “not in a condition to reply to calls for provider.”

both officers had been relieved of duty and positioned on administrative leave.

Norwalk Police say in their report of the investigation, “After consulting with State’s lawyer Ferencek, a choice became made that the conduct exhibited become past departmental coverage violations and a crook investigation into the incident became warranted. as a result of this complete investigation by Norwalk Police Detective Division Supervisors, arrest warrants have been obtained for both officers. Mayor Rilling changed into instantly notified of the incident by way of the manager from the onset of the investigation, and became saved abreast because the investigation proceeded.”

Chief Thomas E. Kulhawik stated of the incident and the investigation, “whereas i’m appalled on the conduct and behavior that changed into exhibited via these officers whereas in an on-obligation ability, i am proud of the knowledgeable manner during which the patrol supervisors of this branch initiated this complaint and the subsequent crook investigation conducted with the aid of the Detective Division supervisors. we now have a high expectation for our officers. We demand this, as does our community who areas an excellent deal of have faith in them. Intentional behavior that violates that believe and goes towards the mission and values of this department will not be tolerated. Now that the crook Investigation has been achieved, an inner Investigation will follow and the Disciplinary manner will begin. i am extraordinarily disenchanted within the apparent dereliction of their obligation to each the residents of Norwalk in addition to to their fellow officers. we will don’t have any extra remark until after the disciplinary procedure is comprehensive.”

Officers Dimeglio, 38, and Laudano, 31, turned themselves in to Norwalk Police on Tuesday. they’re charged with larceny, reckless endangerment, and possibility of injury to a baby.

Dimeglio is an eight-12 months veteran of the branch. Laudano is a 5-12 months veteran of the department.

they’re both held on $seventy five,000 bond and are set to appear in courtroom Feb. 16, 2021.