BRUNSWICK, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Independent sources tell NEWS10 ABC a now former Rensselaer County Sheriff’s deputy is facing a charge of first-degree criminal sex act.
In a very unusual move by the court, he’s being charged as a juvenile.
“Nerves are pumping and things are going through your mind when you’re racing to a call.”
This was an eager and hardworking Officer Cory Wagner back in 2015 talking to NEWS10 ABC about the minimum wage hike. At the time, he was working for the Cambridge-Greenwich Police Department.
On Wednesday, he’s found himself on the other side of the law. His badge stripped facing allegations of past sexual abuse.
“He’s been terminated from his full-time job and effectively terminated from being an officer with me,” Chief George Bell said.
Chief Bell says he was notified Monday by New York State Police that Wagner was arrested.
In an unusual turn of events, the case would not be handled in criminal court but rather in family court. That’s because the alleged crime occurred about 15 years ago.
“He’s a juvenile even though the man is 27 years old. You know what I know of the thing it happened when he was allegedly 12 years old. So he has to be treated that way.”
The alleged victim was said to be even younger at the time.
Because it’s in family court, the case is sealed. Law enforcement sources tell NEWS10 ABC he’s facing a charge of first-degree criminal sex act.
Wagner had also been working for the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office.
He was sworn in just two weeks ago. On Wednesday, Sheriff Patrick Russo announced the rookie deputy has been fired due to the arrest. He says “the alleged incident was in no way connected to the Sheriff’s Office, nor did it occur during Wagner’s employment with Rensselaer County.”
Chief Bell says no one has come forward in his community but says that’s always a concern in a case like this.
“You always wonder what brings you to this point.”
With the allegations based on something that happened so long ago, Chief Bell is curious as to what evidence the State Police might actually have.
Due to the nature of the charge, the statute of limitations does not apply. We made several attempts to locate Wagner for comment but could not find him.
So how did this all unravel? NEWS10 ABC has been told that the case began as a recent child pornography investigation.
The suspect in that case had opened up about their past and that’s when the alleged sexual abuse was revealed.