NOVEMBER 29--A Connecticut man whose phone was confiscated by police after his arrest alleges that a Stamford cop forwarded sexually explicit videos and photos stored on the device to his own personal phone and then distributed the X-rated material to “one or more third parties,” according to a federal lawsuit.
William Vasilakos, 39, charges that the police officer, Michael Presti, arrested him in August 2008 and, rather than place the phone “in the custody of the Stamford Police Department,” he “kept the phone on his own person.”
The phone incident triggered an internal affairs unit probe of Presti. That review substantiated the allegations against the cop, who was subsequently disciplined, according to IAU Sergeant Ryan Devanney. Details of the punishment levied against Presti, Devanney noted, would have to be obtained via a public records request filed with the City of Stamford’s Law Department.
Presti, who works the midnight tour, could not be reached for comment.