TUXEDO — An Orange County grand jury has filed a 22-count indictment against a Tuxedo police sergeant, with charges ranging from grand larceny, criminal possession, tampering with evidence and coercion, to allegedly choking a child and driving while intoxicated.
According to the indictment filed on Feb. 23, Anthony D’Elia, 45, is facing nine felony charges, with the most serious charges being the two counts of second-degree grand larceny, each carrying a maximum sentence of five to fifteen years in prison.
May 19, 2016D’Elia is accused of stealing, criminally possessing and tampering with evidence — a digital recording device and memory card — on May 19, 2016, which he allegedly obtained through extortion of another individual by threatening to use or abuse his police authority.
That same day, he is also accused of stealing and criminally possessing a pair of sunglasses, as well as coercion and official misconduct.
March 17, 2016Earlier in the year on March 17, 2016, D’Elia allegedly choked a child under the age of 17, according to the indictment. He is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and endangering the welfare of a child.
That same day, D’Elia is charged with tampering with public records, falsifying business records, and knowingly presenting false records for public filing, as well as official misconduct.
Last New Year's EveLater in the year, on December 31, 2016, D’Elia allegedly drove while intoxicated. He is charged with coercion and misconduct that same day as well.
Orange County Assistant District Attorney John Geidel said that the DA’s office could not comment due to the ongoing investigation and prosecution. Calls to the Tuxedo police department were not returned by press time.
Removed from active duty in SeptemberAccording to Tuxedo Town Supervisor Michael Rost, as a result of an incident in May 2016, the town initiated an investigation of D’Elia’s actions during a traffic stop. The town’s investigation then initiated a review by the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
As a result of the town investigation, Rost said, D’Elia was removed from active duty in September 2016 with the presentation of disciplinary charges. The town’s disciplinary charges are pending and have not yet advanced to a hearing, he said, in light of the ongoing criminal investigation by the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
D’Elia had worked as a police officer for 14 years, according to a public Facebook post by his wife, Sally D’Elia. He was also the president of the Town of Tuxedo Police Benevolent Association until 2015, according to online records.
In 2016, he was a coach for the Monroe-Woodbury Youth Football Division 1 team, according to The Photo News archives.