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Sheriff’s deputy charged with felony

Sheriff’s deputy charged with felony

A Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department sergeant has been suspended without pay after being charged w

A Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department sergeant has been suspended without pay after being charged with felony burglary in an alleged domestic incident in Halfmoon.

Sheriff James Bowen said he suspended Brent Dupras, 41, Wednesday morning and confiscated the officer’s badge and service weapon.

Dupras was charged with second-degree burglary early Wednesday morning after he allegedly removed an air conditioner from a second-floor window and entered a home he had previously shared with the woman who lives there, according to Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III.

Murphy said Dupras had been in the home on Anchor Drive with the woman Tuesday evening and she had asked him to leave, which he did initially.

State police said Dupras returned to the house at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and climbed to the second floor, entered the home and surprised the woman.

Murphy said the woman reported that Dupras had taken a telephone away from her when she first attempted to call 911, but she was later able to get to a phone and make a call for help.

Murphy said an assistant district attorney was called by Halfmoon Town Justice Lester Wormuth, who asked for a recommendation for bail.

“The ADA recommended $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond, but Justice Wormuth decided to release [Dupras] on his own recognizance and adjourned the matter until Sept. 13,” Murphy said. “An order of protection was also signed for the alleged victim.”

He said Dupras has no prior criminal record.

Bowen said Dupras’ suspension is for 30 days or until the criminal matter is concluded.

“The [Sheriff’s Department] discipline will depend on the resolution of the case,” Bowen said. “The charge is a felony, so if he is convicted, he’s all done here.”

He said Dupras reported that he lives in Clifton Park or Halfmoon, but the arrest report shows that Dupras gave an address in Cambridge, Washington County, as his current address.

Bowen said Dupras has been with the Sheriff’s Department for 17 years.

The arrest of a Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department officer is the second in a year.

In August 2009, Deputy Donald Harder III, 30, of Lake Luzerne, was arrested after a woman said he forced her to perform a sexual act while he was on duty and in uniform.

Harder was sentenced to six months in jail in May after he pleaded guilty to six charges related to his coercion of four different women into sexual contact with him while he was on duty from 2007 through 2009.

Harder was indicted on 11 counts and could have faced up to seven years in prison if he had been found guilty of all of them. He’s now out of jail but on probation for five years.

Bowen said Wednesday was a difficult day for him and his department.

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