A FORMER NEW YORK CITY EMT pleaded guilty today (Friday) on a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct as part of a plea bargaining agreement.
Mark Musarella, 47, is a retired NYC police officer who was working as an EMT on an ambulance operated by the Richmond University Medical Center Hospital in Staten Island. In March 2009 his unit responded to a murder scene in Brooklyn where a woman had been strangled with a light cord. Musarella used his Blackberry phone to take a photo of the body and later he posted it on his Facebook page.
Mark Musarella (Staten Island Advance / Oates)
Musarella was a highly-decorated police officer and was a detective when he retired. At his court appearance today he was extremely remorseful over his indiscretion that understandably upset the victim’s family. Under the agreement, Musarella must perform 200 hours of community service. He must also surrender his EMT license and agree not to apply for one in the future.
If he completes the community service, the misdemeanor official misconduct conviction will be vacated and Musarella will be sentenced for disorderly conduct, a violation, said a spokesman for District Attorney Daniel Donovan. He’ll then receive a year’s conditional discharge.
The Staten Island Advance has the details and full STORY HERE.