Suspect at center of Nassau PD scandal appears in court

MINEOLA - The young man at the center of an investigation that culminated yesterday with the indictment of three former Nassau County Police Department officials appeared in court today in connection with a 2009 robbery.Zachary Parker, 20, is accused of stealing more than $10,000 worth of computers from JFK High School in Bellmore, where he was a senior at the time. Prosecutors say the Merrick man was never charged with the crime because former Second Deputy Commissioner William Flanagan, former Deputy Chief of Patrol John Hunter and retired Detective Sgt. Alan Sharpe conspired to cover up the burglary.

Officials contend that Parker's father, Gary Parker, who raised funds for a new police academy, used his sway with the top brass to quash the investigation into his son's alleged involvement in the crime. All three former police officials have denied any wrongdoing in the case.Zachary Parker's attorney says he doesn't understand why his client was arrested 2-and-a-half years after the alleged burglary, and claims that Parker faced disciplinary action by the school. The attorney also says the school agreed to drop any charges against Parker.Both the Nassau District Attorney's Office and JFK High School say there was no agreement to drop charges against Parker. In fact, the DA says the school wanted to press charges, but police closed the case anyway.Zachary Parker's case was adjourned until Thursday. Officials say he has had a few other run-ins with the law, including drug possession charges.Click to read the full text of the grand jury indictment

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