L.I. Family Court Judge Reassigned Amid Probe

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (1010 WINS/AP) — A Long Island judge who is the target of complaints from a victim’s advocacy group has been given other duties pending the findings of a state investigation.

State courts spokesman David Bookstaver says Suffolk County Family Court Judge Andrew Tarantino was reassigned. He said court policy prevented him from discussing details of judicial assignments.

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Tarantino is the focus of a five-page complaint filed by the group Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center.

“He’s known as the champion for sex offender rights,” Laura Ahearn, of the advocacy group, said.

The group alleges that in April, Tarantino improperly granted twice-convicted sex offender, Dennis DeMille, overnight visitation rights with his own three children.

“The overnight visitation makes me a nervous wreck and sick that someone would even put my children at increased risk,” the childrens’ mother said.

The children are ages 7, 5 and 3.

“They’re too young, they’re innocent and I want them to stay that way,” the mother said.

In May 2008, DeMille, a former Garden City Middle School teacher, was convicted in Nassau County of Rape, and in November 2009, was sentenced for a conviction of possession of child pornography in Suffolk County. 

Tarantino is also accused of inappropriate conduct in another family court case involving a young teen.

Tarantino has been reassigned to hear only civil cases while the complaints are investigated.

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  • Pyrrhus

    BF: the judger hasn’t been convicted of anything. This story is poorly written. The way it reads, it is easy to confuse the judge’s actions with those of Dennis DeMille.

  • Roy

    Are you speaking from experience BF?

  • jay

    Thank God that judge is finally being replaced!

  • BF

    There is not enough information here to pass judgment on this Judge. We have no idea what his conviction entailed, how much time he got, what kind of programs he went through and what he has done with his life since the conviction. We have no clue it the mother has other motives regarding the children. If he were on probation, a judge would make the decision as part of his program. He/she have to consider many sources before making a decision. Also, Long Island has some of the toughest laws and monitoring in NYS.

  • Roy

    I bet Mr TEACHER didn’t serve one day in jail for his convictions…..

    • BF

      Actually many people prefer a few years in Jail than being on probation for 10 years.

  • Ed C

    When the state investigation is completed and the judge is found to be a closet sex offender himself. Set him up with the big boys in prison so he can feel the pain and helplessness the little ones feel.

    • Lynda Williams

      Tarantino was a teacher..he went into elementary schools and read to kids when he worked as a lawyer..What is with him driving some young drug dealer to the beach on Long Island..

  • claudia whitcomb

    Check the judges computer…

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