Convicted sex offender in Greene County accused of posing as cop
May 02, 2019 06:22 PM
A convicted sex offender is under arrest in Greene County, accused of posing as a police officer. Dominick Fiorenza, 61, previously served time in prison back in the 1990s for having sex with an 11-year-old girl.
The county sheriff's office says Fiorenza was arrested after he took his police interceptor vehicle to be serviced and got upset about an issue at the auto shop. Investigators say he was pretending to be a cop and flashed a fake badge to intimidate employees there.
Lieutenant Adam Brainard says the sheriff's office got a complaint from a garage in the village of Catskill a few days ago.
They say Fiorenza came in for service on this black 2016 Ford Taurus, and when he wasn't happy with it, he accused staff members of ripping the fabric on the driver's seat.
Service staff looked at the damage and told Fiorenza they didn't rip the fabric. That's when Fiorenza allegedly pulled out the fake police badge. Investigators say Fiorenza then left the garage without incident.
Fiorenza is a Level 3 sex offender, which means there's a high risk of him re-offending. The state sex offender registry says Fiorenza had sex with an underage girl back in 1994. He was designated as a sexually violent offender.
Investigators are now wondering if Fiorenza used the badge and the ram bar on the front of his Taurus to intimidate anyone else.
Investigators say the badge has been confiscated. The car has not, but investigators say it's not being driven in the village of Cairo at this time.
Anyone who had contact with Fiorenza, or the car in question is asked to give police a call.
Find out what to do if you're ever questioning the legitimacy of a police officer, by watching the video of Emily Burkhard's story.
Updated: May 02, 2019 06:22 PM
Created: May 02, 2019 01:57 PM
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