Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Carmel on the Case: Badge Behavior Follow-Up
A Fort Lauderdale Police officer has resigned after being caught on camera having a relationship while on duty. The romance was first exposed by 7 News. Investigative Reporter Carmel Cafiero is on the case with the latest.
WSVN -- It was last September, and Nicole Yocovelli had just finished having a 45-minute dinner with Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Bob Mocarski.
But instead of returning to work, Officer Mocarski spent another 45 minutes chatting with her behind the restaurant.
And following that, the pair spent more than an hour in the dark, parked in the driveway of an abandoned building.
Nicole Yocovelli, Revealed Relationship: "I mean, we have sex on duty. I told you that. We go out for dinner, things like that. I mean I feel forced."
Carmel Cafiero: "You feel forced?"
Nicole Yocovelli: "Yes."
Carmel Cafiero: "Why do you have sex with this officer?"
Nicole Yocovelli: "If he doesn't, I don't know the consequences of what would happen."
Yocovelli claimed she was making the relationship public in the hopes she would be protected.
Our report prompted investigations by police internal affairs and the Broward State Attorney's Office.
As a result, it was revealed Mocarski also spent time with Yocovelli when he was being paid to work off-duty security details at a Ford dealership.
Michael Dutko is his attorney.
Michael Dutko, Mocarski's Attorney: "For the most part, the meetings were when he was supposed to be working a detail up on North Federal Highway, and he would leave there sometime for hours at a time."
The State Attorney's Office says Mocarski will be charged with misdemeanor theft as a result and will pay $800 restitution.
Michael Dutko: "He will appear in court, accept responsibility and be placed on some sort of administrative probation."
Also part of the deal: Mocarski had to resign from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, ending a 16-year career.
Chief Frank Adderly, Fort Lauderdale Police Department: "We had a lot invested in this officer, training, and when you look at his record, he was a pretty good employee."
But the chief says the behavior can't be tolerated.
Chief Frank Adderly: "Yes, it's a loss for the city, but also it's something we just can't condone in the agency."
Dutko meanwhile says Mocarski accepts responsibility for an inappropriate relationship, but he says Yocovelli was the one doing the pressuring, not the police officer.
Michael Dutko: "And the initial suggestion that he was somehow pressuring her into an inappropriate sexual relationship is simply untrue and fabricated and embellished."
Yocovelli, however, denies that.
Regardless of who was doing what, Bob Mocarski, a married man, has paid dearly for the fling.
Carmel Cafiero, Investigative Reporter: "On top of everything else, the department records will show Mocarski resigned while not in good standing, and that's information that will be given to any potential future employer checking his background."
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