Watervliet cop pleads not-guilty to having sex with two teens

WATERVLIET, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Watervliet police officer, who also served as a school resource officer, is facing allegations he had sex with some of his students.

Officer Joshua Spratt is facing four counts of Criminal Sex act in the Third Degree, one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and two counts of Official Misconduct.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares said that Spratt had sex with two girls ages 16 and 17 he met while working as a school resource officer at Watervliet High School. Soares also said there was a 17-year-old girl who witnessed the alleged crimes.

He said New York State investigators have cellphone and text records to support the girl’s testimony.

Watervliet Schools Superintendent Dr. Lori Caplan said she was sickened by the charges and called the accusations an egregious betrayal of trust.

She said the investigation began when she heard rumors near the end of the school year of inappropriate behavior on the part of Spratt.

“As soon as the rumors hit my desk, I spoke with the chief of police,” she said. “The Watervliet Police Department turned the case over to the New York State Police.”

The police department would not go on camera and would only say they were cooperating with the NYSP investigation. The department also said Spratt is on paid leave.

The married, 12-year veteran of the force pleaded not guilty in Albany County Court Monday morning.

“Today, we needed to get him out, and bail was set and now we are going on with his defense,” Spratt’s attorney Andrew Safranko said.

Soares said Spratt had sex with the 16-year old at least four times between February 2015 and April 2015. He said the two would hook up at a parking lot near the elementary school, a cemetery and his rental home.

Soares believes there may be other victims. He’s asking anyone with information to reach out to NYSP.

The superintendent said she has put a crisis team in place and has scheduled a roundtable discussion for students at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

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