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Schenectady County jail guard suspended amid 'unwanted touching' allegations

Schenectady County jail guard suspended amid 'unwanted touching' allegations

Schenectady County has suspended a longtime corrections officer in its jail following allegations he

Schenectady County has suspended a longtime corrections officer in its jail following allegations he touched women on the medical staff there.

Shawn Hawkins was placed on paid leave Monday by the sheriff’s office, according to sources familiar with the case. Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino would not confirm Hawkins was being investigated or suspended. County Manager Kathleen Rooney did not return a call for comment.

Sources said, however, that Hawkins is accused of “unwanted touching” involving female staff members of Correctional Medical Care. The women making the allegations are not county employees.

CMC is under contract with Schenectady County to provide medical, pharmaceutical and on-site services to 350 inmates at the jail. The county signed the contract in 2008.

Sources said Dagostino ordered an internal investigation into the allegations after they surfaced Monday. Investigators are collecting statements from the women and will eventually interview Hawkins. Sources said the investigation should wrap up next week.

Hawkins could face termination, disciplinary action, undergo retraining or be cleared by the investigation, according to the sources. He is not a supervisor and has been with the sheriff’s office about 18 years.

The sources said the allegations will not likely result in criminal charges.

Hawkins was not available for comment. He earns approximately $58,000 annually.

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