Ray DeCamillo, the Norwalk police officer charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and unlawful restraint in connection with a July 2006 incident involving a young female motorist, was officially terminated from the department May 9.

The police union plans to appeal his termination, however.

DeCamillo had been on administrative leave with pay since the incident.

The decision to terminate DeCamillo's employment was made by Police Chief Harry Rilling. On Monday, Rilling explained that under the police union contract, an officer with a serious charge against him may choose to have his case heard by the chief or by the Board of Police Commissioners. DeCamillo chose to have Rilling hear his case. The final hearing was on April 2, and Rilling rendered his decision on May 9.

Rilling said he could not provide extensive information on the termination. "There is an appeal process, and I'm sure that the union and DeCamillo will appeal my decision," he explained.

The termination was "based on the complaint of an individual or two individual people," Rilling said. Two complaints have been lodged against DeCamillo during his time with the department, but sufficient information could not be obtained to sustain the first complaint, he said. However, "the receipt of the second complaint [regarding the July 2006 incident] gave more credence to the initial complaint."

On Tuesday, the police union's president, Officer William Curwen, confirmed that the union intends to appeal the decision. As soon as the chief's office provides the paperwork on the case, it will be reviewed by the union's attorney, Rich Gudis, to determine if any aspects of the contract were violated during the termination process, Curwen said. The union will then draft a grievance, which will go before the state board of arbitration. Curwen said he expects the case to be heard by the state within six months to a year. The board will then issue a decision within approximately three months, he said.

Asked if he believes the contract was violated during the termination process, Curwen said, "I do see some issues that were raised." However, he noted, "I haven't sat down with the attorney yet to see exactly which were the ones."

DeCamillo was arrested in November 2006. The affidavit contained in the arrest warrant application for DeCamillo includes a statement by a 20-year-old who describes being pulled over in the early morning hours of July 5 by DeCamillo, presumably for using her cell phone while driving. According to the victim's statement, DeCamillo made inappropriate comments with sexual innuendoes, asked to see her tattoos, played with her belly button ring, grabbed her breast and tried to put his fingers in her mouth. DeCamillo then asked her what she would tell her boyfriend and parents had happened to her that night, and she said she'd tell them she had talked her way out of a ticket, according to the affidavit. DeCamillo gave her his cell phone number and made her promise to call him the next morning, the affidavit states.

DeCamillo's criminal case is pending. His attorney, William Pelletreau, could not be reached for comment before press time.

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