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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Detective Hit with Federal Civil Rights Charges in Two Alleged Assaults

Sleepy Hollow detective hit with federal civil rights charges in two alleged assaults
The Journal News by Timothy O'Connor and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon - April 29, 2009

WHITE PLAINS, NY - A Sleepy Hollow detective was arrested last night on federal charges that he assaulted two people "after they had been handcuffed and restrained," including one man who was allegedly beaten after accusing the veteran cop of wooing his daughter. Detective Jose Quinoy, 36, was taken into custody at village police headquarters and was to be arraigned today in U.S. District Court in White Plains on charges that he violated the victims' civil rights. According to a federal indictment unsealed today, Quinoy is accused of beating resident Mario Gomez outside the Sleepy Hollow Police Department on Oct. 17, 2006, after Gomez allegedly confronted the officer over his reputed romance with his 22-year-old daughter.  Quinoy is also charged with assaulting another individual on Dec. 17, 2006, but the indictment offers no details of that incident. He was not charged in connection with another incident that federal agents had reportedly been investigating. In that August, 2007 case, a 17-year-old village boy, Duanny Lara Mota, was stunned with a Taser gun during an encounter with Quinoy after riding his bicycle on a village sidewalk. Mota has since filed a civil lawsuit against the village and the detective.

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