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Rilling’s son avoids jail time in narcotics arrest

Stephen Rilling. (File photo, courtesy Fairfield Police)

Updated, 2 p.m.: No comment from Mayor Harry Rilling.

NORWALK, Conn. – Stephen Rilling has been convicted of five misdemeanors, following his arrest last year on drug charges.

Rilling, the son of Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, was on the Fairfield Police Department for 19 years before being accused of stealing drugs from an evidence locker. The state judicial website indicates that he has received probation for the five misdemeanors.

Stephen Rilling, then a detective, was arrested in late May and charged with computer crime 3rd degree, larceny in the 2nd degree, forgery in the 2nd degree, possession of narcotics, false entry by an officer or agent of a public community and tampering with evidence.

The courts website shows that he was convicted of two counts of possession of a controlled substance and three counts of computer crime fourth degree. He was sentenced on March 22 to one year’s jail time, a sentence which was suspended. Rilling is on three years probation, the website states.

Fairfield Police said in May that the charges stemmed from “misappropriation of drug evidence.” WTNH reported Tuesday that Rilling pleaded guilty to the lesser charges.

Mayor Harry Rilling replied Friday to an email by saying he would have no comment.

Stephen Rilling had been the lead narcotics investigator for Fairfield Police since April, 2001, his LinkedIn page stated in May. He had been a detective since 1999 and served a year as a special investigator for the Connecticut Office of the State’s Attorney in Bridgeport, in 2006-2007.

Rilling, in a May 7 post on RyanHampton.org, said that he suffered a severe back injury after a car collision during a police pursuit, in which the suspect deliberately hit him.  He became addicted to narcotic pain medication after back surgery and hid his “large habit” for three years before confessing and going into detox, he said, later explaining that he was “diagnosed with PTSD due to all the crazy things I have seen and witnessed in my career.”

Mayor Rilling in a statement last May said, “Like too many other families in Connecticut, my son and our family are facing the effects of the opioid epidemic that is sweeping our state…. This is a personal matter for our family and I will have no further comment.”

6 comments

SALT-y tears March 30, 2018 at 7:08 pm

Stephen Rilling was a narcotics cop who arrested people for then stole {..} drugs out of the evidence room for his personal use (assuming he did not sell any). He agreed to a plea deal to avoid jail time, which included lesser charges. All of this is public information. His father is the mayor of this city, which makes the story of particular public interest. The article does not appear to me to violate the family’s privacy. The public interest lies in whether or not justice was served.
Edited to remove a potentially inaccurate statement, possible libel.

Niz Gjuraj March 31, 2018 at 1:09 am

It is hard not to be opinionated, someone that age is still struggling with these kinds of problems. Wishing him the best of course, but like when will he get tired of it? i won’t judge his parents or even say it reflects on them, he is grown, like LOVE YOUR LIFE? if being a cop is too much than take the time to change up the career or something? IDK maybe it is deeper than that, but really at that age? I would be so upset if my grown kids was living like that.

Wondering March 31, 2018 at 10:23 am

….if @Piberman feels the same “right to privacy” applies to the Norwalk firefighter who recently received a jail sentence for dealing narcotics or those whose names appear in the police blotter on a regular basis for substance abuse related crimes? Tragedies all around.

SALT-y tears March 31, 2018 at 9:59 pm

Comment removed as character assassination by innuendo, a violation of the comments policy.

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