LuAnn De Lesseps Is ‘Looking Into Allegations of Misconduct’ Against Fired Arresting Officer
The officer responsible for arresting LuAnn De Lesseps in 2017 has been fired from the Martin County Sheriff's Office
On Jan. 15, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder announced that Deputy Steven O’Leary had been fired, according to The Blast.
O’Leary, who had been working with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office for 11 months before his dismissal, was terminated after field tests determined that three of his recent narcotics arrests did not test positive for narcotics, reported local NBC affiliate WPTV.
According to video footage from a press conference, Synder said that nine inmates have already been released from custody, and all of O’Leary’s arrests are now under review.
In response to the news, the Real Housewives of New York City star, 53, exclusively tells PEOPLE, “We are looking into the allegations of misconduct by Officer O’Leary and we’ll be acting accordingly.”
On Dec. 24, de Lesseps, 53, was arrested in the early morning hours and released on her own recognizance that same day after allegedly attacking a police officer in Palm Beach.
She was charged with and originally pleaded not guilty to disorderly intoxication, battery of an officer/firefighter/EMT, resisting arrest with violence and threatening a public servant, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. (She reiterated her plea of not guilty and rejected a plea deal in February 2018.)
Following her arrest, de Lesseps — who had tied the knot to ex-husband Tom D’Agostino in Palm Beach on Dec. 31, 2016 — released a statement saying, “This was my first time in Palm Beach since my wedding, and being here brought up long-buried emotions. I want to offer my sincere apologies to anyone I might have offended with my behavior.”
She added: “I am committed to a transformative and hopeful 2018.”
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Last July, the reality star pled guilty to three charges — battery, trespassing and disorderly intoxication — according to court documents obtained by The Blast. As a part of the deal, de Lesseps avoided jail time.
In lieu of jail time, De Lesseps was given yearlong probation. She was required to perform 50 hours of community service, attend two Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week and write a letter apologizing to Deputy O’Leary, among other stipulations.
In July of last year, de Lesseps also checked herself into an alcohol treatment facility for the second time.
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