Another Watervliet officer under investigation

WATERVLIET, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The police chief has confirmed the home of a Watervliet officer was recently searched by the Albany County District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation comes after the arrest of two other Watervliet officers. The first was busted in a drug raid. The other admitted to sexual relationships with high school students while he worked as a school resource officer.

The latest investigation involves a sergeant with more than two decades on the job. He has not been arrested or charged with anything, but after two notable arrests, it’s another blow to the image of the department.

It was early Wednesday morning when investigators with the Albany County DA’s office served a warrant at the Latham home of Watervliet Police Sgt. John Brant.

Joshua Spratt
Joshua Spratt

The DA’s office would not say what they were searching for or what the case is about, but sources close to the case said the investigation has to do with the recent case of former police officer Joshua Spratt. Spratt recently accepted a deal with prosecutors after admitting to having sex with teenage students while he worked as a Watervliet High School resource officer.

In addition, now-former Watervliet Officer Nicholas Pontore is facing charges for his alleged involvement in a gang-run drug ring.

Nicholas Pontore (AG Eric Schneiderman's Office)
Nicholas Pontore (AG Eric Schneiderman’s Office)

Law enforcement officers said the search of Brant’s home is related to Spratt’s case.

Police Chief Ron Boisvert said he knows little about the DA’s investigation.

“So I am not at liberty to discuss any of it, but Sgt. Brant is still working right now,” he said. “I can’t say what it says about the department because I don’t know the scope of the investigation.”

Chief Boisvert also said he did not know if the investigation into Sgt. Brant was related to either Spratt or Pontore. But what does he want to say to the people of Watervliet?

“We are still here,” he said.

The investigation into the search of Sgt. Brant’s home is ongoing. Chief Boisvert said Brant remains on the job because he has not been arrested or charged.

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