The D&C reports:
The Town of Greece has agreed to settle lawsuits from two women who alleged they were coerced into sex by former Greece Police Officer Gary Pignato.
The town board last week agreed to authorize settlements with the two women, meeting minutes show. The minutes did not state how much money the two women would receive under the settlements.
Supervisor Bill Reilich said the settlements will be covered by insurance. He declined to say how much the women will be paid.
"The settlement amount is not one taxpayer dollar," Reilich said.
A jury in 2009 convicted Pignato of coercing into sex one of the women who sued him. He later pleaded guilty to official misconduct and trespassing in the case involving the second woman.
Pignato was imprisoned until 2013, when he was released on parole.
The two women also sued the town and former Greece Police Chief Merritt Rahn, who was convicted of helping falsify a background check to get Pignato hired after Pignato was fired from the city police department.
The town last year sued its insurer, Lloyd's of London, after Lloyd's refused to cover the costs of the litigation. Lloyd's determined that Pignato was off-duty at the time of the alleged sexual assaults and was "not acting within the scope of [his] duties at the time."
Reilich declined to comment about the Lloyd's lawsuit.
Attorneys have been under a gag order with the lawsuit, which was being heard in Livingston County.
SCATS ~~ So then, Bill ... is it MORE than one taxpayer dollar ??