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.”