RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Long Island man who was beaten by a former Suffolk County police chief after he was accused of stealing sex toys and other items from his police vehicle has been released from prison.
Christopher Loeb, of Smithtown, Long Island, was jailed after a duffel bag containing sex toys and police equipment vanished from Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke’s vehicle.READ MORE: Caught On Video: Community Refrigerator Stolen Off Midwood Street In Broad Daylight
Burke beat and threatened to kill Loeb at a police station in 2012. Burke is serving a four-year prison term after pleading guilty to the assault and cover-up last year.
“For the first time in four years, I can actually enjoy my freedom, knowing that James Burke is incarcerated and unable to harm my family or me,” Loeb said Tuesday.
Loeb, a heroin addict and petty thief, served three years after pleading guilty to a weapon possession charge. He was in prison on a parole violation when his conviction was overturned Tuesday. He still faces charges involving some stolen items but is not expected to face any additional jail time, Xirinachs reported.
“I was just standing up for my rights, that’s it,” he said. “It’s shameful that it took an outside agency to come into and unmask what’s really going on in Suffolk County,” Loeb said.READ MORE: Gabby Petito's Family Speaks Publicly For 1st Time Since Her Body Was Found: 'We Can't Let Her Name Be Taken In Vain'
His attorney called him courageous and said he will seek full exoneration.
“The evidence and the prosecution was based on perjury, on lies and on fabricated evidence that was tampered with by the police,” Loeb’s attorney Bruce Barket told WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs. “The police literately created a crime scene, they falsified reports.”
A special prosecutor was appointed to the case because of the Suffolk County DA’s ties to the former police chief.
“There was perjury during the pretrial suppression hearing. You can’t do that in our system even if a person is guilty,” special prosecutor William Ferris said.
He said he’ll still consider prosecuting Loeb on a parole violation.MORE NEWS: Caught On Video: Police Say Man Suspected Of Robbing 7 Unsuspecting Seniors In The Bronx
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