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Mayor’s son pleads guilty to stealing drugs from Fairfield PD By Daniel Tepfer

Fairfield Police Detective Stephen Rilling appears at his arraignment in Bridgeport Superior Court, in Bridgeport, Conn. June 2, 2017. Rilling, son of Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, is charged with 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

March 26, 2018

MILFORD - The son of Norwalk's mayor, accused of stealing thousands of dollars in heroin and OxyContin pills from the Fairfield Police Department where he worked as a detective, won't serve a day in prison.

Stephen Rilling agreed to plead guilty to several misdemeanor charges and was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti to a suspended 1-year sentence with three years' probation.

"My son went through the court system and his attorney and the prosecutor had a discussion in the case and an appropriate resolution was reached," said Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling on Monday.

The mayor tried to diffuse any expected criticism that his son received special treatment.

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"My son was denied a program other nonviolent drug offenders would be entitled to," he said. "My son is now moving forward with his life to become a state-certified alcohol and drug addiction counselor."

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