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Court officer has sex with woman in courthouse stairwell in exchange for helping boyfriend make bail

By Mason White 4:06 PM August 30, 2017
Erica McRae with her attorney
Erica McRae with her attorney
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) A court officer coerced a woman to perform a sex act on him after leading her to believe that he will help her boyfriend’s case, according to police in New York.

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced that the Brooklyn court officer has been indicted for official misconduct and other charges for allegedly coercing the woman who was waiting in Criminal Court to perform sex acts on him in a public stairwell.

The victim believed that the defendant would help her boyfriend’s case if she complied, and that his case would be adversely impacted if she didn’t.

“What this defendant – a public servant – allegedly did was a disgrace to his fellow court officers who day in and day out serve the public with respect and work hard to keep our courthouses safe.

“He allegedly abused his authority to exploit a young woman who needed assistance in order to gratify himself. Such conduct will not be tolerated and we will now seek to hold him accountable for this despicable act,” Acting District Attorney Gonzalez said.

Sergeant Timothy Nolan, 58, of Lake Grove, was arraigned before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun, on an indictment in which he is charged with official misconduct, second-degree coercion, public lewdness and exposure of a person.

He was released from custody without bail.

The defendant faces up to a year in jail if convicted of the top count.

According to the police investigation, the victim – who was 25-years-old at the time – was in Brooklyn Criminal Court at 120 Schermerhorn Street, to bail out her boyfriend.

While sitting in the hallway, she was approached by Nolan, who was on duty and in uniform.

Nolan told her to take a walk with him and led her to the public stairwell.

He allegedly told her “I got you” and “I will take care of you,” then exposed himself and asked for the sexual act.

It is alleged that the victim took the statements to mean that the defendant would help with bailing out her boyfriend if she complied, but would adversely impact his case if she didn’t.

Nolan allegedly grabbed the victim by the hair, fondled and attempted to kiss her as she performed the sex act on him.

The victim identified herself as Erica McRae.

She chose to go public with her story to help other abuse victims.