Utica Firefighter Richard Forte had a hearing in Utica City Court Friday. The Huntley Hearing addresses the way in which police obtain statements from a defendant, and offers a judge the opportunity to determine their admissability in court.
Forte is accused of committing a lewd act at a fire house involving a female firefighter's bunker pants. He's charged with criminal tampering and criminal mischief.
Forte's statement to police, in part, reads: "I did not have anything to do with (female firefighter's) pants being soiled or wet and have no knowledge of how they got the way Investigator Trevisani described them."
The judge reserved decision, and will rule at a later date.
According to Mayor Robert Palmieri's office, Forte is currently on administrative leave, with pay, in accordance with civil service law, pending disciplinary action.