STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

UPDATE: Trial underway for former Utica firefighter accused of lewd act

The trial for former Utica firefighter Richard Forte began Monday in Utica City Court.

Posted: Sep 23, 2019 2:52 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2019 5:42 PM

UTICA -- The trial for former Utica firefighter Richard Forte began Monday in Utica City Court. 

Forte is accused of performing a sexual act on a female firefighter's uniform pants in January of 2018. She was not wearing the pants at the time of the incident.

The female firefighter testified in court Monday, saying she found a substance on her uniform pants after returning from a call.  She says the pants were kept in a private room at the station where she left them overnight, only to discover their condition the next morning. 

The substance on the pants tested positive for semen, which later matched a court-ordered sample from Forte.

Forte is charged with making a punishable false statement, criminal mischief and criminal tampering. 

This is a bench trial, or trial by judge, as Forte waived his right to a trial by jury.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 500677

Reported Deaths: 33435
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Queens766967293
Kings751697390
Bronx553544988
Nassau496632208
Suffolk489982019
Westchester404381470
New York360763195
Rockland17943683
Richmond172521095
Orange13597505
Erie13021713
Monroe7312300
Dutchess5472163
Onondaga5454207
Albany3627136
Broome356683
Oneida2746128
Ulster251895
Niagara2075101
Putnam181263
Sullivan177948
Chemung17433
Schenectady157050
Saratoga134517
Rensselaer109942
Steuben100557
Chautauqua92413
Columbia71038
Ontario66935
Tioga62930
Oswego6274
Tompkins6190
Madison56517
Cortland5470
Greene50518
Cattaraugus5026
Wayne4885
Warren45933
Orleans40654
Otsego4005
St. Lawrence3994
Cayuga3972
Chenango3977
Herkimer39410
Genesee3885
Fulton36224
Washington33614
Allegany3081
Livingston3058
Montgomery2684
Clinton2465
Jefferson2070
Essex1980
Wyoming1885
Delaware1777
Seneca1433
Lewis1270
Schuyler1260
Yates1237
Schoharie1110
Franklin800
Hamilton170
Unassigned019
Utica
Overcast
39° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 39°
Oneonta
Clear
36° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 36°
Herkimer
Overcast
39° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 39°
Thendara
Overcast
39° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 39°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
VOTE OCTOBER 22-30
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left