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Judge drops 1 charge against Utica firefighter accused of lewd act

(FILE PHOTO) Utica firefighter Richard Forte in Utica City Court on Thursday, March 29, 2018.

A Utica City Court judge on Thursday dismissed one of the three misdemeanor charges that a Utica firefighter was facing after he allegedly committed a lewd act involving a female co-worker’s bunker pants.

Posted: Aug 16, 2018 12:44 PM

A Utica City Court judge on Thursday dismissed one of the three misdemeanor charges that a Utica firefighter was facing after he allegedly committed a lewd act involving a female co-worker’s bunker pants.

Richard Forte is accused of masturbating into a female coworker’s turnout gear while on duty Jan. 6 at the District Five firehouse on Van Rensselaer Avenue in Utica, while the female firefighter was out on a call. Forte was charged with the misdemeanors of fourth-degree criminal mischief, third-degree criminal tampering and writing a false statement.

Forte’s attorney confirmed Thursday that the judge has dropped the charge of writing a false statement, while the other two charges remain.

Forte is scheduled to appear in Utica City Court again on Sept. 14.

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