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Ex-PTA President Accused Of Sex With Boys
WNBC.COM ^ | 1/23/08 | Puppage

Posted on 01/23/2008 5:10:27 AM PST by Puppage

NEW CITY, N.Y. -- A former prosecutor and PTA leader had sex with two boys, shared marijuana and alcohol with other teens and kept it all a secret from her police chief husband, officials said Tuesday.

Beth Modica, 44, a mother of four, was indicted on 35 counts alleging statutory rape, criminal sex acts, sex abuse and endangering children. Wearing an olive-gray suit and handcuffs, she pleaded not guilty at her arraignment in Rockland County Court and was ordered held on $75,000 bail.

"These are serious charges, against children in her community," said Judge Catherine Bartlett. The judge issued orders of protection for the two boys involved, whose names were not made public.

District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said Modica had intercourse and oral sex with a 16-year-old boy and oral sex with a 15-year-old boy last summer, and on several occasions served and shared alcohol and marijuana with "many" other teens from Suffern High School at her Sloatsburg home or in her car.

Ramapo police Chief Peter Brower, whose force covers Sloatsburg, said the investigation began Dec. 31, when his department received a complaint in the mail. He would not say who sent it.

Modica was an assistant district attorney in Queens and Rockland in the 1980s and 1990s, and until this month was attorney for the Town of Ramapo and the village of Sloatsburg but was not reappointed to the yearly term. The district attorney, who took office a few weeks ago, said he saw no conflict in his office prosecuting the case.

Zugibe said Modica's husband, Spring Valley police Chief Paul Modica, "was not involved, was unaware and was not present when the alleged acts occurred. ... I have only the greatest respect for Chief Modica." He would not comment on whether the couple's four children, including a son at the high school, were aware of the alleged crimes.

Beth Modica's lawyer, Gerard Damiani, said the couple, who had lived in Sloatsburg, had separated. He said she is living with her mother, who was in court but did not comment.

Modica is a former PTA president at Sloatsburg Elementary School.

Paul Modica's lawyer, John Edwards, said, "Paul's sole interest at this point is protecting his children. ... He's trying to make sure the kids are impacted as little as possible."

If convicted of rape or criminal sex acts, Beth Modica would face 16 months to four years in prison.

Arguing that his client should be freed without bail, Damiani said, "Her character has never been questioned except for these allegations." He said she was in good standing with the state bar association.

Police launched the investigation after a letter was sent to them by a parent encouraging a probe.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bethmodica; boys; policechief; pta; sex
She's a man, baby


1 posted on 01/23/2008 5:10:28 AM PST by Puppage
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To: Puppage

Next on “When Cougars Attack!”


2 posted on 01/23/2008 5:13:30 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Puppage
Obviously Guilty


3 posted on 01/23/2008 5:15:18 AM PST by bird4four4 (Behead those who suggest Islam is violent!)
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To: Puppage

Guilty.
4 posted on 01/23/2008 5:16:56 AM PST by mikethevike
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To: bird4four4
beat me by 20 seconds!
:-)
5 posted on 01/23/2008 5:17:43 AM PST by mikethevike
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To: bird4four4
Obviously Guilty

Ugly came to mind first.

6 posted on 01/23/2008 5:19:28 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage

>>Beth Modica, 44, a mother of four, was indicted on 35 counts alleging statutory rape, criminal sex acts, sex abuse and endangering children.
>>If convicted of rape or criminal sex acts, Beth Modica would face 16 months to four years in prison.

I’m really hoping the reporter meant 16 months for EACH of the 35 counts. Otherwise that’s like 2 weeks for each count and probably half of that before she gets parole.


7 posted on 01/23/2008 5:24:12 AM PST by vikingd00d
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To: bird4four4

Geddy Lee?


8 posted on 01/23/2008 5:34:19 AM PST by WildcatClan (The epitome of irony is that few entities exist, less common, than common-sense.)
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To: Puppage
Guilty
9 posted on 01/23/2008 5:35:55 AM PST by bmwcyle (McCain Sucks!)
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To: bird4four4
EEEEWWWWWW!!!! She looks like a reject from "My Big Redneck Wedding"!!!!!


10 posted on 01/23/2008 5:36:11 AM PST by NRA1995 (Mr. President and Congress: This is OUR country and don't you forget it!)
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To: bird4four4

She is so guilty as to deserve the death penalty.


11 posted on 01/23/2008 5:41:03 AM PST by MBB1984
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To: Puppage

She was last seen on the streets of San Francisco looking for their object of her sexual preference in the middle of parade day.


12 posted on 01/23/2008 5:41:22 AM PST by Neoliberalnot ((Hallmarks of Liberalism: Ingratitude and Envy))
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To: Puppage

Besides ugly, the evidence is?. . .uh. . .the evidence is. . . hello?. .”police received a letter “encouraging” them to investigate? Husband is police chief. . .they are separated. . .hhmmmmmm.


13 posted on 01/23/2008 5:54:55 AM PST by McBuff
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To: Puppage

“A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy”

She’s just a dog.


14 posted on 01/23/2008 5:55:49 AM PST by fungoking
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To: fungoking

Starved for sex? I can see why.


15 posted on 01/23/2008 6:05:56 AM PST by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: NRA1995
Oh gosh, after seeing her photo I must call for the death penalty.

Her image is a hate crime against my eyes!

16 posted on 01/23/2008 6:26:46 AM PST by -=SoylentSquirrel=-
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To: WildcatClan
At least Geddy can sing...

Kind of...

17 posted on 01/23/2008 6:28:12 AM PST by BreezyDog
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To: WildcatClan
Might be Geddy Lee. I see a resemblance!

geddy lee

18 posted on 01/23/2008 6:32:00 AM PST by -=SoylentSquirrel=-
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To: bird4four4

Guilty in the first degree, guilty!


19 posted on 01/23/2008 6:33:24 AM PST by OB1kNOb (With Duncan Hunter and Fred Thompson both out, conservatism in the 2008 election is DOA.)
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To: bird4four4
Photobucket

Photobucket

20 posted on 01/23/2008 1:16:22 PM PST by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
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To: Aaron0617
added the Beth Monica keyword if anyone is interested in the previous FR threads about her (there were three)

According to the earlier articles the boys were 16/15 years old.

21 posted on 04/12/2008 7:57:53 PM PDT by Aaron0617
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