Second Troy cop named in indictment

February 02, 2018 06:51 PM

TROY - The 14 count indictment includes five felonies for Ronald Epstein.  The 20-year veteran of the Troy Police Department had been facing a nine-count misdemeanor indictment and, according to his attorney, the charges increased after the Sergeant turned down a plea agreement.

"The theories are the same and accuse my client of something he didn't do.  He went to do his job and that's exactly what he did today," countered Epstein's defense attorney, Shane Hug.

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Also named in Friday's indictment: Detective John Comitale.  The 29-year TPD veteran is accused, along with Epstein, of searching a home without a warrant and then attempting to cover it up.

"This is nothing more than the special prosecutor extorting a guilty plea from Epstein to save Comitale.  And the reality is neither did anything wrong," suggests Comitale's lawyer, Andrew Safranco.

Troy disbanded the entire special drug and weapon unit Comitale was a part of and Epstein led after the misconduct allegations surfaced, back in June.

"This is a story about several courageous young police officers who came forward at great risk to themselves and their career to stop this.  And I commend them," added DA Paul Czajka.

Czajka. the Columbia County District Attorney, is the special prosecutor assigned to the case. Albany County Judge Peter Lynch is overseeing the case.

Click here to read the full indictment.


Abigail Bleck

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