Former Greece, NY Police officer
An ex-con who was once one of the dirtiest cops in Monroe County, NY history, is being sued along with the Town of Greece, NY.
As a Greece, NY Police officer Gary Pignato would stalk women, following them home, making note of where they lived.
That's not all Gary Pignato did.
Pignato would pull women over, then bribe and coerce them into having sex with him in exchange for him letting him off traffic tickets, and other violations.
In one incident, Greece Police officer Gary Pignato responded to a domestic disturbance call where the boyfriend of a young woman had called police.
The woman had been drinking alcohol.
As soon as Gary Pignato learned that the woman was on probation, he threatened the woman, bribing her, telling her that if she did not have sex with him he would arrest her and she would be in violation of her probation, for drinking.
The woman, scared that Pignato would violate her probation, agreed to have sex with him.
That's just one of many disturbing incidents in which Greece Police officer Gary Pignato violated the oath he swore to protect and serve.
But Gary Pignato's corrupt behavior didn't start with the Greece, NY Police departnent.
Pignato was always a sick, perverted cop.
When Pignato was a Rochester, NY Police officer, he got a transvestite prostitute to perform oral sex on a fellow Rochester Police officer.
Pignato was later terminated from the RPD, and went to work for the Palmyra, NY Police department, which is well known for hiring officers who have a history of misconduct and corruption, including ones who have been fired from other departnents like Pignato was.
Shortly afterwards, Pignato was hired by former Greece, NY Police Chief Merritt Rahn.
Both Rahn and the Town of Greece, NY were well aware of Pignato's last, including his termination from the Rochester Police department, and despite this, Greece Town Supervisor John Auberger and the Town board, approved Pignato's hiring.
In 2009, Greece Police officer Gary Pignato was charged with bribery and coercion, stemming from several traffic stops of women, whom he would try to force into having sex with him in exchange for him letting them off traffic tickets and crimes.
At his sentencing, Pignato told the Judge "I literally placed my life on the line" as an officer and that it's "degrading and demoralizing to be in jail."
Former Greece, NY Police Sgt.
Pignato was sentenced 2 to 6 years in New York State Prison.
In 2010, Greece Police Chief Merritt Rahn was convicted of several felonies in connection with covering up not only for Pignato, but also for former Greece, NY Police Sgt. Nick Joseph.
Joseph, the brother of Rochester, NY Police Sgt. David Joseph, was high on cocaine and alcohol, when he got behind the wheel of his brother's Ford Fusion and rear ended a stalled vehicle on interstate 390 doing in excess of 75 miles per hour.
Inside that vehicle was Alexis Sharpe, who was pregnant.
The impact ruptured Sharpe's placenta and she had to undergo emergency surgery, forcing her to deliver her daughter, Azaria, 14 weeks prematurely.
Azaria spent 93 days in the hospital and suffers ongoing medical problems.
Nick Joseph fled under the cover of darkness immediately after crashing into Sharpe's vehicle.
Joseph was later convicted and sentenced to 3 to 7 years in State prison.
In 1997 Nick Joseph broke into my home without a warrant, beat me and falsely arrested me in retaliation for my having videotaped his brother, David Joseph, (now a Sgt. With tne RPD) a few months earlier, mistreating a Jamaican motorist during a traffic stop.
Rahn was found guilty of tampering with public records, hindering a prosecution, falsifying business records, falsely reporting an incident, and two counts of official misconduct in an attempt to cover up the Nick Joseph hit and run.
Former Greece, NY Police Chief
He was also found guilty of offering a false instrument for filing in the case of former Greece Police officer Gary Pignato’s background check.
Gary Pignato was paroled last year, after serving four years in prison.
Two of the women who former Greece, NY Police officer Gary Pignato coerced into sex, are his suing Pignato and the Town of Greece, NY.
On April 2, New York State Supreme Coirt Justice Robert Wiggins ruled that Gary Pignato can not be attend depositions, where his female victims will be present.
The decision is unusual as defendants are usually allowed to attend depositions where their accusers are present.
However, in Pignato's case, the judge agreed with the women's attorney, who said that Pignato's presence could cause further psychological damage to the women.
Justice Wiggins ruled that Pignato can watch the depositions via a video audio feed.
One of the women suing Pignato and the Town of Greece is the same woman whose boyfriend had called police for a domestic dispute involving her boyfriend.
The other woman suing Pignato and the Town of Greece is one whom Gary Pignato caught smoking marijuana at her home in 2005.
Pignato threatened to report the woman to CPS (Child Protective Services) if she didn't have sex with him.
That woman, terrified of having her children taken away, also had sex with Greece, NY Police officer Gary Pignato.
When it comes to the Greece, NY Police departnent's long history of misconduct and corruption, newly appointed Greece Police Chief Patrick Plelan wishes people would just forget.
Click Play below to watch my video, where I crash Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan's press conference and ask him is there still a problem with corruption in his department.
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