NEW YORK, May 14 (UPI) -- A retired New York police sergeant has been charged with harassing former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and others with crank phone calls.
Manuel "Manny" Lopez, 55, who served as an aide to Ray Kelly, commissioner of the New York Police Department, was released on $10,000 bail Wednesday, the New York Daily News reported. He has been charged with criminal impersonation and aggravated harassment.
A judge issued orders of protection barring Lopez from contact with Giuliani and his other alleged victims.
Investigators say many of the recipients were told to call or report to Assistant Chief Michael O'Shea, the commanding officer in the commissioner's office. Lopez also allegedly impersonated a newspaper editor and a bank employee.
A complaint filed with the court said Lopez admitted making the calls saying they began as a "joke" and became an "obsession." He allegedly made many of the calls from Coastal Development LLC, where he had been working since his retirement. He quit Monday.