County DA Thomas Spota, aide indicted by federal grand jury

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Over five decades, he's gained a reputation for fighting crime and corruption, but now, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota has been indicted on charges of crime and corruption of his own. He's serving prison time for beating a man arrested for stealing items from his SUV.

Mr. Spota was arraigned in Central Islip Wednesday afternoon and pleaded not guilty. Federal prosecutors accused both officials of using threats and intimidation to pressure witnesses to provide false information to federal agents during their investigation of James Burke, the former county police chief who pleaded guilty to brutally beating a man who burglarized the chief's auto in 2012.

They're facing charges of tampering with witnesses, witness tampering, obstruction of justice and deprivation of civil rights.

A judge set bail at $500,000 each, and both are expected to be released.

Spota, a Democrat, was elected 16 years ago and is not running for re-election.

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Spota and the chief of his anti-corruption bureau, Christopher McPartland, are accused of obstructing an FBI investigation that led to the conviction of former county Police Chief James Burke.

On Election Day, voters will decide between Republican candidate Ray Perini and Democratic nominee Tim Sini, the current Suffolk County Police Commissioner, as the next district attorney.

In a statement, McPartland's lawyer said his client vehemently denies the charges. Unnamed co-conspirators had warned some that if they admitted wrongdoing, their union would not pay their legal fees, prosecutors said.

The federal indictment stems from an incident in December 2012, when, authorities say, then-Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke beat a jailed inmate who had been arrested for breaking into his vehicle.

Spota and McPartland were accused of using their positions to pressure witnesses to keep them from cooperating in the beating investigation.

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