NEW YORK (AP) — A Brazilian dancer who entered the country illegally testified at a Manhattan trial Friday about her romantic relationship with a onetime top Drug Enforcement Administration official, saying it began months after she arrived in the United States in early 2011 and ended after his arrest last year.
Prosecutors subpoenaed Andressa Delima to testify to support their claims that now-retired DEA Agent David Polos failed to disclose his extramarital relationship with the dancer and his partial ownership of a bikini bar. They contend he knew disclosure could cause him to lose his top-secret security clearance and his job as assistant special agent in charge of the New York office.
Speaking through a Portuguese interpreter, Delima told jurors she began a romantic relationship with Polos a few months after meeting him in spring 2011 at Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge in South Hackensack, New Jersey, where she was a dancer.
She said it ended after Polos, of West Nyack, New York, was arrested in May 2015 along with Glen Glover, a now suspended DEA telecommunications specialist.
Glover, 46, of Lyndhurst, New Jersey, also is contesting the government's claim that he violated the law when he failed to reveal his ownership position in the club.
Answering yes or no to most questions, the soft-spoken Delima said she came to New Jersey, where her sister lived, after entering the country illegally through Mexico. Asked if she told others she entered the country illegally, she answered: "Of course not."
Polos, 52, through attorney Marc Mukasey, is disputing the criminal charges, saying his client's $20,000-plus investment in the business was like a stock market investment rather than outside employment. He says the affair with Delima began only after Polos answered questions in September 2011 on security clearance forms filled out routinely by DEA employees.
On cross-examination, Mukasey elicited from Delima that she began dating Polos in late 2011, around the time Polos bought her boots and a winter coat.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Monteleoni earlier in the trial told jurors there was a "slim to none" chance the government would have approved of DEA employees owning an adult establishment where prostitution and drug offenses were likely occurring because it raised the likelihood that employees possessing top-secret information could be put in compromising positions.
The government has said in court papers that Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge offered scantily clad and sometimes topless dancers — most of them workers from Brazil or Russia in the country illegally — and private rooms for lap dances.
A criminal complaint said video recovered during a search of the lounge, including from inside the private rooms, showed "multiple instances of sexual contact between dancers and patrons, with money exchanged afterward."