About Our Team

Administrative | Supervisors

Paul Schettino

Vice President of Operations

A graduate of the FBI National Academy (session 188), Paul retired as a Detective Lieutenant with the City of Beacon Police Department after 25 years of service. During the last two years of his service, he worked as the Executive Officer, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Police Department’s day-to-day operations. After leaving the City of Beacon Police, Paul entered the private sector and joined Pagones-O’Neill. Paul has been with our office for the last twelve years, bringing with him extensive training and experience in the areas of office administration, investigations and security.

As Vice President of Operations, Paul assists in overseeing, supervising and coordinating the caseload and activity of the entire office and staff.

Scott Patterson

Director of Protective Service Division

Scott retired as a Sergeant with the New York State Police after 30 years of service. He has conducted countless investigations and surveillance assignments while working in both the uniform division and the undercover narcotics unit. For the last 13 years of his career he was assigned to the NYSP Protective Service Detail, where he was responsible for overseeing the protection of the last three New York State Governors, dignitaries and their families

In addition to functioning as a Sr. Investigator, Scott is the Director of our Protective Service Division and Security Guard Unit.

Henry Lopez

Sr. Investigator / Director of Surveillance Operations

Henry began his law enforcement career in 1985 when he joined the New York City Police Department. Prior to retiring from the Department in 2005, he served as a Crime Analyst, a Field Intelligence Officer (Criminal Intelligence Section/Intel Division), and a Sergeant for the New York/New Jersey HIDTA – Regional Intelligence Center. In 2008, Henry was appointed to the position of Criminal Investigator for the Putnam County District Attorney’s office. He maintained that position until 2015, at which time there was a change of administration.

Henry has extensive training and experience in conducting and directing surveillance and undercover operations, evidence gathering and preservation, all aspects of photographic and video documentation, interview and interrogation techniques, conducting database inquiries and research related to open source intelligence and social network sites.

Rudy Uhlitzsch

Sr. Investigator / Director of Canine Services

Rudy served in the United States Air Force from 1979 to 1984. During that time he enlisted in the Security Forces and was selected to be a Military Working Dog Handler. After successfully completing his training at Lackland AFB in Texas, he became an Explosives Detection Dog Handler, tasked with providing security and explosives detection for US Military Installations and US assets in the United States and Overseas. After being honorably discharged, Rudy entered into Law Enforcement and spent 33 years working with the Town of Greenburgh Police Department. His combined 33 years in Law Enforcement has allowed him to gain extensive training and experience while working with the Patrol Division, Special Projects Unit, SWAT Team, Street Crime/Anti-Crime/Narcotics Unit, Crime Scene Unit, Juvenile Aid Division, and the Detective Division/Major Case Squad.

Rudy serves as a Sr. Investigator and Supervisor with Pagones-O’Neill, where he is responsible for planning, implementing and supervising assignments requiring the use of our canine teams.

Robert Hughes

Sr. Investigator

Bob retired as a Captain in the NYSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation after 36 years of service. He spent 11 years working with the State Police Internal Affairs Bureau where he oversaw the activity and compliance of the subordinates working within the NYSP.

He has extensive training and experience in all aspects of investigations, long-term surveillance and undercover operations. He is also trained in scene documentation, photo and video documentation, evidence gathering and preservation, interview and interrogation techniques, litigation support, report preparation and making case presentations.

Monte Martin

Sr. Investigator

In addition to serving in the U.S. military and being deployed to Iraq, Monte spent 25 years working with the New York State Police. Starting out as a Trooper, he was promoted to the Bureau of Criminal Investigations in 1996 and worked in conjunction with the FBI, Secret Service, US Marshals and the DEA. In 2003, Monte was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to the NYSP Special Investigations Unit.

After retiring from the NYSP, Monte joined Pagones-O’Neill as a Sr. Investigator tasked with assisting in the day-to-day operations of the Firm.

Gary Dasecke

Sr. Investigator

Gary served with the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer from 1977 to 1980. After receiving his Honorable Discharge, he began working with the City of Peekskill Police Department, working his way up the ranks and getting promoted to the rank of Lieutenant / Patrol Supervisor in 1993. During his career, Gary gained extensive experience and skills in conducting countless investigations and surveillance assignments. After working in law enforcement for 25 years, he retired from the police department in 2010.

Gary entered the private sector and joined Pagones-O’Neill, where he works as a Sr. Investigator and conducts our investigations and surveillance assignments.

Thomas J. McDermott

Sr. Investigator

Tom began his law enforcement career in 1990 when he joined the New York City Transit Police Department. In 1993, he began working as a Police Officer for the Town of Mamaroneck Police Department. He remained there until 2011, when he retired as a Senior Detective responsible for conducting and coordinating investigations into major crimes. Tom entered the private sector and became the Director of Operations for the Paladin Center, a high-level training facility located in Putnam County, NY that conducts specialized emergency training for law enforcement and the military to hone their skills in “real world” emergency tactical and rescue operations.

Tom has extensive training and experience in all aspects of investigations, surveillance assignments and undercover operations. As a Sr. Investigator with Pagones-O’Neill, Tom is responsible for overseeing and conducting many of our “high net worth” investigations and surveillance assignments.

Scott McHugh

Sr. Investigator / Building Inspector

Scott worked in Law Enforcement for the Village of Wappingers Police Department for 19 years, where he held the rank of Detective. He is a New York State Building Inspector and a Federal Housing Inspector. He is certified in the NYS Building Code, Uniform Fire Code, Plumbing Code, and Mechanical Codes.

As one of our Sr. Investigators, Scott’s responsibilities include working on assignments involving issues of code compliance, scene inspection and documentation, construction-site accidents, structural inspections, and matters related to fire scene damage or injury.

Joseph F. Clark

Sr. Investigator

Joe worked with the Mount Vernon Police Department from 1989 to 2011. Starting out in the Patrol Division, Joe went on to work in the Research and Intelligence Division, Street Crimes Unit, Narcotics Unit, Detective Bureau, and served as a Supervisor for the Major Case Unit. As a law enforcement professional, Joe gained vast knowledge and experience in planning, supervising and conducting complex investigations, information and evidence gathering, surveillance assignments and undercover operations.

As a Senior Investigator with Pagones-O’Neill, Joe continues to supervise, conduct and coordinate our investigations and surveillance assignments.

Scott Snell

Video Documentation Specialist / Surveillance Drone Operator

As a professional, Scott’s expertise and knowledge are in the area of video and audio work, including the use and piloting of our surveillance drones for the purpose of obtaining aerial footage and documentation. Having worked in the video-audio editing industry for over 21 years, he serves as our media documentation expert responsible for reviewing, rendering and transferring all forms of media, instructing and training investigators on proper camera and audio usage and surveillance techniques.

Scott has been trained in the rules of evidence pertaining to maintaining a chain of custody, and for presenting audio / video documentation as evidence during an official proceeding or courtroom setting.

Scott’s camera experience has afforded him the opportunity to shoot some of the most watched Sporting and Entertainment events on TV, including the Indianapolis 500, NFL, Showtime Boxing, NASCAR, 3 Olympic Games, 4 seasons with Monday Night Football operating SkyCam, and countless other sports events and high-profile broadcasts.

Linda Kirk

Executive Assistant

Linda is the Executive Assistant to the company President.  She oversees the daily activities of the office and maintains control of the case evidence. She is also involved with case intake and delegation, database and related computer searches, case coordination and report preparation.

Linda has training and experience in conducting stationary and mobile surveillance, using video cameras and body wires, information gathering techniques, rules concerning chain of custody and report writing.