MASSAPEQUA PARK, N.Y. -- They were salacious. They were obscene. But they weren't real, according to Nassau County Police.
In a lengthy and exhaustive news conference, Nassau police Detective Sergeant Patrick Ryder said he found no evidence that Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano exchanged sexually explicit text messages with Public Relations Executive Karin Murphy Caro.
"This is a hoax, this is fabricated," Ryder said.
The police detective sergeant said he examined the cellphones of both Mangano and Caro and said there was no evidence of any contact between the two on their electronic devices or any documents or records for half a year.
Ryder showed sexually suggestive messages or sexting and said it clearly could be the work of others.
"It is a document that could have been created by a kid or somebody who has an agenda," the Police detective sergeant said.
At the start of this police investigation, Mangano, a 53-year-old married father of two, told PIX11 he never sexted anyone.
"Did you ever sext someone? No I never sexted," Mangano said.
Caro, a mother of four going through a divorce, hinted in her denials that there could be others trying to frame her: "I am currently going through a trying period of my life regarding abuse and attacks. I cannot discuss any details of this matter."
After being cleared by police she tweeted out "thank you!"
While the Nassau County Executive issued a lengthier statement:
"As I stated from the moment this matter was brought to my attention, my family and I are the victims of a hoax perpetuated by a deranged individual.
I can only hope that the media will report the truth in the same manner as they reported the outrageous lies against me and the other victim."
And while the Nassau County police say the case is closed as far as they are concerned, the Nassau County District Attorney says their investigation is continuing into Caro being awarded no-bid contracts from the county worth $50,000.