With so much police misconduct in the news as of late it’s imperative that those who swear to uphold the law don’t act out of character. So when police officers take the law into their own hands, there’s a problem.
Joshua Spratt, a 10-year veteran police officer with the Watervliet Police Department in upstate New York is being charged with having sexual encounters with two teenagers including a minor. What’s even more disturbing is that these encounters were said to have occurred outside of cemeteries and an elementary school.
Spratt, 34 is married, an Iraq war veteran, and a father of three. Because Spratt had never displayed any type of unusual behavior, those in the department are shocked.
According to reports, Spratt would use his position as a means to lure his victims. The Watervliet City School District also denounced Spratt in a statement, calling his alleged actions, “an egregious and unforgivable betrayal of the trust we all placed in him.”
Even though the students are on summer vacation, a ‘Crisis Team’ has been made available to meet with students to discuss this case.
The girls involved were 16 and 17. The acts were alleged to have occurred between February and April of this year.
“The evidence against Spratt includes phone communication, text communications, and a video recorded by one of the accusers,” Albany County District Attorney David Soares told local media, offering no details about the contents.”
Spratt, who has denied these allegations, faces felony charges of third-degree criminal acts and misdemeanor charges of child endangerment.
He is out on $50,000 bail. If convicted, he faces 16 years in prison.
Source: NY Daily News
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