A New York City councilman accused of rape is close to a deal with prosecutors to avoid jail in return for his resigning from office, seeking alcohol abuse treatment and apologizing to the victim, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.
Councilman Accused of Rape Is Said to Be Close to Plea Deal
The councilman, Dennis P. Gallagher, a Queens Republican, was initially charged with raping a woman in his campaign office in Middle Village in July after they met in a nearby bar. Mr. Gallagher, who is married and the father of three children, acknowledged a sexual encounter but said that it had been consensual.
A sticking point earlier in the plea discussions was whether Mr. Gallagher would be required to register as a sex offender. No such requirement is in the current proposed resolution of the case, according to one of the people familiar with the negotiations.
It sounds as though Mr. Pink is getting off easy. I guess someone at the DA's office put in a good word for her former boss. Expect to see action on Monday.
Funny how the man who steadfastly maintained his innocence this whole time will now admit he is guilty of getting drunk and abusing a woman and basically get away with it because he has an elected office to use as a bargaining chip.