Ex-Nassau police official William Flanagan found not guilty on felony charge

Prosecutors say Flanagan used his power to help the son of a wealthy police benefactor. (2/15/13)

MINEOLA - A jury has found former Nassau Police Department Second Deputy Commissioner William Flanagan not guilty on the felony count of receiving a reward for official misconduct.

The jury had already found Flanagan guilty of two counts of misdemeanor official misconduct and conspiracy for preventing the arrest of the son of a police benefactor.

Police say then 17-year-old Zachary Parker stole $11,000 worth of electronics from JFK High School in Bellmore back in 2009. Prosecutors say Parker's father Gary used his connections with Flanagan and two other officers to persuade school officials not to press charges.

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Bruce Barket, Flanagan’s attorney, says he plans on appealing the verdict.

Flanagan is due back in court on May 1 for sentencing.

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