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.

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