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Monday, February 26, 2018

Suit alleges sex-and-booze-filled life at the Bronx DA’s office

The Bronx District Attorney’s Office is a hotbed of misconduct where prosecutors and other staffers neglect their work to shop, drink booze and have sex, according to a $15 million notice of claim filed Monday by a suspended employee who’s involved with an embattled NYPD cop.
Crime analyst Crystal Rivera also claims that Bronx DA Darcel Clark opened a baseless probe of her boyfriend, Det. David Terrell, to “publicly vilify” him and cover up her office’s “incompetence and unethical practices.”
Rivera’s wide-ranging allegations were made in a filing with the city Comptroller’s Office that’s required before suing the city.
The papers say Clark and several top aides illegally retaliated against Rivera on Friday by slapping her with administrative charges — including insubordination — based on her “personal relationship” with Terrell.
Terrell is a key figure in the failed prosecution of a 2015 shooting that led Clark to launch an investigation by her office and eventually the feds.
During an afternoon news conference outside the DA’s Office, Rivera claimed she’d witnessed an astounding array of scandalous behavior since she was hired there in 2007.
“People are having sex in the office,” she said while discussing her official claim.
“We used to have parties…where ADAs will have sexual relationships with officers and prosecutors. We’ve had incidents where ADAs are having sex with each other and they’re married, so husbands find out about their affair and they come to the office and expose [it].
“We had a brawl, basically a full-out fight in front of the office,” she alleged.
Rivera also alleged that prosecutors keep booze inside personal refrigerators in their offices, and guzzle down liquor, beer and margaritas at their desks.
“They would drink this on the job and still be on call in the courtroom,” she said.
Rivera’s lawyer, ex-cop Eric Sanders, accused Clark of playing “political games” by bringing administrative charges against Rivera, and said Clark “should be ashamed of herself.”
“We’re here to expose the district attorney for what she is [doing], corrupting this office,” he said.
“What they’re doing is they’re taking advantage of the people in The Bronx, and it’s time something’s done about it.”
Last year, Terrell filed his own, $175 million notice of claim against the city, claiming it’s encouraged a “cottage industry” of bogus suits against cops by settling allegations of false arrests and police brutality.
The Bronx DA’s Office declined to comment on Rivera’s allegations and referred questions to the city Law Department, which said only: “We will review the notice of claim.”

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