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Citizens Union head arrested on drug charges

Downfall: Now-former head of Citizens Union, Dick Dadey, at right, was arrested on drug-possession charges on Oct. 24.
Associated Press / Mike Groll

The longtime head of good-government group Citizens Union was arrested for drug possession on Oct. 24, after police searched his Brooklyn Heights home looking for child pornography on his computer but found small amounts of drugs instead.

Dick Dadey, who took a leave of absence from the more-than-century-old civic group last month for “personal reasons,” turned himself into police Tuesday morning, according to the New York Post.

Police said a 27-year-old man walked into a precinct on Sept. 6 and alleged that four days earlier Dadey had showed him a video of a naked 8-to-12-year-old boy on his computer, and that he suspected Dadey had several more videos. Authorities got a judge to issue a search warrant and officers showed up at Dadey’s Remsen Street apartment on Oct. 24 at about 8:25 am to look for the video. No videos turned up, but police found small amounts of methamphetamine and ecstasy. Dadey turned himself in at the 84th Precinct, where he was charged with the low-level crime.

Dadey, who could not be reached for comment, is due to appear in court on Dec. 4.

On the same day as Dadey’s arrest, Citizens Union named former Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum as the new executive director, but declined to comment further.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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