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Saratoga County deputy accused of sex offense won’t be charged

Authorities say a Saratoga County sheriff’s deputy accused of a sexual offense will not face charged
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Authorities say a Saratoga County sheriff’s deputy accused of a sexual offense will not face charged after the woman who reported him declined to involve herself in the investigation.

State police spokesman Mark Cepiel said the initial investigation stemmed from a report in Saratoga County handled by troopers from the Malta barracks. He said Canadian woman reported that she had been assaulted by the individual, who happened to have the same name as a sergeant working with the Sheriff’s Department.

“There was an investigation of an individual who’s name is similar to a deputy sergeant,” he said. “I can’t say if he is or isn’t.”

Sheriff Michael Zurlo, however, confirmed the investigation involved an individual from his department. He said the officer accused in the incident alerted him of the situation when it arose and has remained on duty since.

“I was kept aware of the situation,” he said.

But as of Feb. 22, the woman had returned to Canada and told investigators she didn’t want to be part of the investigation. As a result, Cepiel said the case was closed.

“She has decided not to participate in the investigation any longer so the original allegation cannot be substantiated,” he said.

The name of the deputy being investigated was not released because he wasn’t charged with a crime. Authorities also didn’t disclose any other details of the incident, including where the alleged office occurred, other than somewhere in Saratoga County.

“Nobody has been charged or arrested,” Cepiel said.

Zurlo wouldn’t discuss whether a discipline case was initiated against the deputy, citing his policy of not publicly disclosing internal issues at the department.

“I don’t discuss personnel issues,” he said.

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