June 30, 201
MILFORD - A former veteran Fairfield Police detective pleaded not guilty Friday to stealing thousands of dollars in heroin and OxyContin pills from the police department.
Stephen Rilling, the 40-year-old son of Norwalk's Mayor Harry Rilling, whose investigations put dozens of drug dealers behind bars, stood before Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti this time as a defendant.
He pleaded not guilty to third-degree computer crime, second-degree larceny by defrauding a public community, possession of narcotics, second-degree forgery, tampering with evidence and false entry by an officer or agent of a public community. He then asked for a jury trial.
The judge continued the case to July 18.
Rilling's lawyer, John R. Gulash, said the defendant has resigned from the police department. Gulash and Rilling declined further comment.