|Former Rochester, NY and Greece, NY Police officer
Friday February 8, 2013 4:16 p.m.
Former Greece, NY Police officer Gary Pignato who was convicted on bribery and coercion and official misconduct charges in 2009, 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, has been denied parole.
In one case, Pignato responded to a domestic disturbance call where the boyfriend of a young woman had called police.
The woman had been drinking alcohol.
Once Pignato learned the woman was on probation, he bribed the woman by telling her that if she did not have sex with him he would arrest her and she would be in violation of her probation.
Officer Gary Pignato then had sex with the woman, consisting of intercourse, oral and anal sex.
Pignato would routinely follow women to their homes and stalk them.
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."
Pignato was sentenced 2 to 6 years in New York State Prison.
Before going to work for the Greece, NY Police department, Pignato was fired from the Rochester, NY Police department for ordering a male transvestite to perform oral sex on a fellow Rochester Police officer.
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