UTICA – The Utica firefighter accused of performing a lewd act on a female coworker’s gear has now agreed to submit a DNA sample.
Last week, Oneida County Judge Michael Dwyer granted Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara’s request to compel Utica firefighter Richard Forte to submit DNA evidence.
Forte has not been charged with a crime, but he’s accused of masturbating into a female coworker’s work pants while she was out on a call between Jan. 5 and Jan. 6. The other firefighters who were working at that time have already submitted their DNA, and Forte had refused until he was ordered to by a judge.
A DNA test usually takes a couple of weeks.
We will continue to follow this story as it develops.