Peekskill police officer charged with sexual abuse freed on bail

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A Peekskill police officer charged with sexual abuse appeared in Peekskill City Court Tuesday and was freed after posting $100,000 bond.

Michael Agovino, 33, of Orangetown, pleaded not guilty charges of sexual abuse, stalking and burglary of a woman he was allegedly investigating. He has been held at the Westchester County Jail since his arrest on Saturday.

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Agovino's accuser says she has recorded proof that Agovino demanded sexual favors. She also says Agovino sexually assaulted her twice and stopped by her home unannounced four times since last summer.

She told News 12 that he was in uniform and on-duty during those alleged encounters.

According to a felony complaint, Agovino was investigating a larceny "allegedly perpetrated by the victim."

The complaint states that he took her back to her home and made her strip, so he could "search for the money." It alleges that he groped her while she was naked.

Agovino was also the subject of a police brutality case along with his partner back in 2012.  The city of Peekskill ended up paying about $50,000 to settle out of court.

The Peekskill Police Department says it is fully cooperating with the investigation into the allegations by the Westchester County District Attorney's Office, and says Agovino has been placed on administrative leave until further notice.

Agovino is not allowed near his accuser while out on bond.

The District Attorney's Office expects the case to go before a grand jury within the next month.

Agovino is due back in court on March 12.

The defense mentioned News 12 coverage of the story in court and made a motion for News 12 to preserve original footage of the alleged victim's interview. News 12 is preserving all footage taken in the course of our investigative reporting

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