Brooklyn court officer charged for sex abuse of court attendee
A former Brooklyn criminal court officer was indicted Monday for official misconduct in allegedly coercing a woman to perform a sex act on him in a court stairway, officials said.
Timothy Nolan, 58, walked up to a then 25-year-old woman waiting in a hall of criminal court at 120 Schermerhorn Street on Oct. 21, 2016. Nolan allegedly told the victim to take a walk with him and led her to a stairwell to perform a sex act on him, according to a Brooklyn DA statement.
“What this defendant – a public servant – allegedly did was a disgrace to his fellow court officers who day in and day out serve the public with respect and work hard to keep our courthouses safe,” acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in the statement.
The woman was reportedly waiting in court to bail out her boyfriend.
Nolan allegedly told the victim, “I got you” and “I will take care of you,” leading the woman to believe Nolan would help or hurt her boyfriend’s case, dependent on the sex act.
Nolan then allegedly grabbed the woman by her hair and tried to kiss her as she performed the act.
Defense attorney, Sanford Rubenstein, who is representing the victim, met with reporters after the arraignment.
“Let this stand as an example that if one abuses the power of authority that they have…they will be held accountable in our system of justice and perhaps they will end up in jail themselves,” Rubenstein said.
The officer was arraigned before Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun at Brooklyn Supreme Court.
He was charged with official misconduct, public lewdness, exposure of a person and second-degree coercion, according to the statement.
Nolan faces up to a year in jail on the top count.
He was released without bail and is on unpaid suspension.
He is set return to court on Oct. 4.