MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The alleged former mistress of a Long island police officer has spoken publicly to reporters for the first time, saying she has been dragged through the mud.
Tara Obenauer, a Massapequa woman who said she had trysts with Nassau County cop Mike Tedesco during his shifts, said she is now being threatened and harassed after going public with the alleged affair.
“I do feel incredibly betrayed,” Obenauer told reporters, including 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.
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Obenauer said she eventually found out that the officer was happily married and not leaving his wife.
“I’m deeply saddened for his wife and his children,” she said.
Tedesco’s alleged mistress said she knew he was ripping off taxpayers during their seven-month affair. Obenauer said Tedesco visited more than 100 times, on many occasions taking off his gun and holster.
“There were times that it was a source of contention and I made comments to him: ‘Aren’t you supposed to be out there, you know, working?’ Because it would accumulate up to at least four hours during a shift that he would be at my home,” she said.
Obenauer claims the cop has called and threatened her and that other cops have harassed her as well.
“He outright told me, don’t [expletive] with my family. Don’t [expletive] with my livelihood,” she said.
Nassau Police confirmed Tedesco is the subject of an Internal Affairs probe, and that he recently retired with a full pension.
The county’s district attorney issued a statement, saying it is “Investigating allegations of misconduct by Mr. Tedesco. No determination has been made as to whether criminal charges will be filed.”
Obenauer said she was shocked when Internal Affairs investigators turned up on her doorstep.
“My head was spinning. I couldn’t believe that I had two police officers in my home regarding an investigation against a police officer that was a man my children and I grew to love and trusted,” Obenauer said.
Sources told 1010 WINS’ Rivera that Tedesco’s termination pay has been withheld pending the outcome of the probe, and he could be docked for any hours of alleged misconduct while on duty.
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