This photo provided by the Suffolk County Police Department, Friday, March 30, 2017, shows Suffolk County District Court Judge Robert Cicale. Police say the Long Island judge, arrested on burglary charges, entered a neighbor's home and was later found to be in possession of stolen female underwear. (Suffolk County Police Department via AP)

Police: NY judge admits to stealing neighbor's underwear

March 30, 2018 - 1:25 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has been relieved of his duties after police say he repeatedly broke into his neighbor's home to steal her underpants.

Robert Cicale (sih-KAL'-lee), a Suffolk County district court judge, pleaded not guilty Friday to a burglary charge. He was held on $25,000 bail.

Police said the woman was alone in her East Islip (EYE'-slihp) home on Thursday when she heard a noise and saw a man running off. Officers say they found Cicale carrying the woman's "soiled undergarments."

Court papers said Cicale admitted that he "went into the house to take the panties again."

Cicale's attorney said his client had a stellar reputation.

A court spokesman said the judge is "temporarily relieved of his judicial duties."

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