Nassau County Cop Garrett Mannerz Accused Of Forcing Woman To Grope Him During Traffic Stop

MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A five-year veteran of the Nassau County police force has been arrested and charged for allegedly forcing a woman to grope him during a traffic stop.

Garrett Mannerz, 34, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to bribe receiving, official misconduct and sexual abuse. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

The incident happened last February on Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow after Mannerz pulled over a woman and her two friends — all of whom are in their early 20s.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports: An Abuse Of Power?

Prosecutors said after Mannerz administered a field sobriety test on the driver, he ordered one of the passengers out of the car, commented on her attire and asked for her telephone number.

Mannerz then allegedly told the woman that if she “did something for him” he would allow the driver to leave without receiving a summons or being charged. Prosecutors said he then grabbed the woman’s wrist and forced her to touch him sexually.

Two hours after letting the women go, Mannerz began a series of sexually suggestive telephone calls to the passenger he grabbed, prosecutors said.

“I think it’s disgusting,” East Meadow resident Erica Cooperberg told CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis. “I’m shocked. It’s disgusting.”

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports: Prosecutors Are Looking For Other Potential Victims

Mannerz was arrested after the woman recorded a call and reported it to police.

“This is a shocking case of a policeman abusing his power,” district attorney Kathleen Rice said. “This defendant was supposed to protect the people, but chose instead to disgrace himself and the Nassau County Police Department.”

Lawyer William Petrillo calls the woman’s claims “absurd” and said his client has been falsely accused.

“The notion that this respected officer allegedly did this right off a busy road in an open gas station, in a police car, allegedly in front of witnesses is absurd,” Petrillo said.

Long Island residents were also stunned by the allegations.

“I’m appalled at the fact that he thinks he could use his badge as way of leverage,” Christine Kunkel, of Rockville Centre, told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan.

“You definitely want to report that – something like that, you can’t let go,” Hempstead resident Stephanie Thomas said.

“That’s against the law,” Doris Velasquez, of East Meadow, said. “He should be in jail for doing that.

Prosecutors are urging anyone with a similar experience to contact the District Attorney’s Public Corruption Bureau at 516-571-2100.

If convicted of the charges, what is the appropriate punishment in this case? Sound off below…

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  1. j. thomas says:

    i know the cop personally and he would never do this to risk his job or the lively hood of his family

  2. Lynn says:

    Umm excuse me….but innocent until proven guilty applies to everyone. And I’m sure no one has ever lied about a cop to get out of trouble. And believe me, being a cop is not going to make anyone rich, does not come with super benefits. It’s a lot of abuse from people until they need a cop to come save them.

  3. Bell Toller says:

    The cop here is wrongfully being accused.

    1. Mr. Armenia says:

      He’s innocent because he’s white.

      1. JOES says:

        white or black is not the issue. the issue in that Nassau county has alot of bad cops…pulling guns on people drinking driving shooting cab drivers.and then look at po Richard Heffron caught on vidieo pointing a gun at someones head and gets a A MISDERMEANOR. NASSAU COUNTY NEEDS TO GETN RID OF BAD COPS THATS WHERE THEYSHOULD START CUTTING BACK AND SAVE THE TAX PAYERS SOME MONEY!!!

  4. Bruce Goldensteinberg says:

    Kathleen Rice has a vendetta for the men in blue. I have sources who told me this a long time ago. After all, she wants to get higher office in the democrat party, and what better way to appeal to the democrat vote (minority afro-ameicans, hispanics, gays, etc.) than to bash the police?

  5. Jay Dee says:

    Like most cops;they think they are above the Law….Everyone braks the Law except them !!!!!!!!!!!!They think they are there to just enforce Laws and not keep the Law…

  6. Anthony Weiner says:

    I don’t understand what the problem is here. Seems like a normal work day to me.

  7. Jerry says:

    Hey the poor cop was trying to make ends meet with his pittance of 100k, super benefits and perks. He couldn’t afford a girlfriend

  8. gbee says:

    no call for this behavior, fire him asap

  9. J says:

    SC UM B A G COPS ALL OVER THE PLACE. THIS IS WHAT OUR CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM HIRES. THE PUNISHMENT SHOULD BE CUT HIS MEMBER OFF. THEY SHOULD SEARCH IS COMPUTER FOR KITTY PORN. HE LOOKS SICK!

  10. Bob Fowler says:

    Get him Moreno’s and Mata’s lawyers. There was no video proving the groping, so it will be another acquittal.

    1. Einstein-Moomjy says:

      Exactly, the girls just did not appreciate his Bon Joviality.

  11. nathan says:

    You didn’t like the “Bad Mannerz” headline so you went with “Sexcessive Force? Dude, this isn’t a college paper. Do better, Mr Journalist.

    1. CBS Editorial Staff says:

      I just went doody!

  12. robert says:

    I would imagine that the other women in the car could verify the groped woman’s account. Their testimony should be enough to get this lowlife pervert off of the police force and hopefully off of the street.. Also,I’m sure he has done things like this before – it would be very helpful if other women spoke up and reported his behavior. This seems to be another example of a cop with very low esteem taking advantage of a vulnerable person. Isn’t that how bullies operate? I also firmly believe that police forces should raise their hiring standards.

  13. Nothnnew says:

    A taped piece of evidence means nothing in the court of law. In most states, it’s illegal; making those girls the REAL criminals. Update the statistics; all things equal, it’s two for the other side.

    1. KPMc says:

      New York is a one-party state. Only one side has to know it’s being recorded.

  14. Steve says:

    Unbelivable.

    Let me guess – this will go to trial, and just like those two a******s that raped that woman on the lower east side, this cop will get acquitted b/c his sleazeball defense lawyer will find some goofy loophole. Ah – justice for some.

    M. Bloomberg – I TOTALLY AGREE – Sophia Hall is one heck of a piece of eye candy!

  15. M. Bloomberg says:

    Wow, nice pic of Sohia Hall, the author of this article. She’s a little hottie. You go Sophia!

    1. Num-nums says:

      I concur, and would happily, repeatedly, sweatily wreck that.

  16. D says:

    Please…you have to be kidding me. I think we learned that a taped piece of evidence means nothings against a cop.

    1. Derek says:

      No doubt about it. But still, this cop is a sick puppy nonetheless and if that was my mother, sister, daughter or spouse, this low life couldn’t find a safe enough place to hide. He looks like the kind of guy who got beat up a lot in school. Such is the case for so many cops now isn’t it? Wouldn’t surprise me if he get’s cop of the year award. What a nobody.

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