Police Officer Convicted of Lying to Gain Search Warrant
MANHATTAN — A rookie police officer was convicted Thursday of lying under oath during an application for a search warrant regarding a 2007 case, prosecutors said.
Michael Carsey, 31, was convicted of perjury and false-filing charges in connection with an unlawful stop he and his partner had made in detaining a man at 3333 Broadway in Harlem.
Carsey falsely testified during the search warrant application and at a subsequent hearing that the man admitted to having drugs and guns in his apartment, prosecutors said.
Carsey's partner, Sgt. William Eiseman, 39, pleaded guilty in June to perjury for lying under oath, conducting unlawful searches and seizures in Northern Manhattan, and directing subordinates to falsify paperwork in order to make the arrests appears to be legitimate, prosecutors said.
"Police officers take an oath to protect and serve, and have a responsibility to uphold the highest standards of their profession," District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. "Failure to do so risks damaging the reputation of their peers and violating the public’s trust."
Carsey, who worked in the 30th Precinct covering Hamilton Heights, Sugar Hill and West Harlem, had been acquitted on other charges last fall. At that time a jury remained deadlocked on the remaining charges.
He was sentenced to three months in jail and five years probation.