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Kevin Desormeau once worked as a patrol officer in the 106th Precinct.
By Forum Staff
NYPD Detective Kevin Desormeau has been convicted at trial of perjury and other charges for having falsely arrested a man in August 2014 on drug charges and then repeatedly lying about the arrest before a grand jury and during a court hearing.
Desormeau, 34, of Long Island was convicted following a week-and-a-half-long jury trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise. He was found guilty of one count of first-degree perjury for his grand jury testimony on January 16, 2015; one count of first-degree perjury for his testimony during a court hearing on November 5, 2015; two counts of official misconduct; and one count of making a punishable false written statement on the criminal complaint filed with the court.
Justice Aloise set sentencing for March 21, 2018, at which time Desormeau faces up to seven years in prison.
According to the indictment, Detective Desormeau arrested the victim for allegedly selling crack cocaine to a woman on a street corner in the vicinity of 108th Avenue and Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens, on August 28, 2014, between 6:40 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Detective Desormeau stated in the criminal court affidavit that he observed a hand-to-hand exchange between the victim and an unapprehended woman and that he recovered rock cocaine from the man’s waistband at the time of the arrest. He testified before a Queens County grand jury on January 16, 2015, and stated that he saw the man hand two unapprehended women an object in exchange for cash and that upon arresting the victim he recovered a twist of crack cocaine. During a court hearing on November 5, 2015, he again stated that he saw the victim take part in a drug transaction with two women on the street and that he recovered a plastic bag of crack cocaine and $725 in cash from the man. As a result of his testimony, the victim was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and held at Rikers Island in lieu of bail. Following the victim making bail and being released from jail, his attorney presented surveillance video to the district attorney’s office. This video surveillance captures the inside of a restaurant and bar located on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard and showed the victim, who had been arrested by the detectives, playing pool on August 28, 2014 – during the exact same time that the alleged drug transaction was to have taken place. The video also showed the detective enter the restaurant and bar while the victim was inside playing pool, and then escorting him outside. Drug charges against the victim were dismissed as a result of the investigation.