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NY Sheriff Deputy Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse

March 14, 2010

spotlightnews.com: Sheriff deputy pleads guilty to sexual abuse, will likely face jail time.

Saratoga County Sheriff’s Deputy Donald Harder III will likely face jail time come May. Accused of sexual abuse by four women between June and August of 2009, he pleaded guilty to a felony Menacing in the First Degree, a misdemeanor Official Misconduct and four misdemeanor counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree on Thursday, March 11, according to Saratoga County District Attorney Jim Murphy.

Harder was accused by four separate women of making sexual demands while in uniform and making them fear physical injury if they didn’t comply. Harder was said to be in uniform, wearing his service weapon on his gun belt and standing next to his marker patrol unit while on duty when demands were made. The incidents occurred between June and August 2009 and all four women came forward individually and on separate occasions, according to information from Murphy’s office.

No mention of whether he will be required to be registered as a sex offender, although many of these law enforcement officials and politicians get away without being put on the lists.

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