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State police: Sheriff's deputy was in uniform while trespassing

State police: Sheriff's deputy was in uniform while trespassing

Third Montgomery County deputy arrested in 2018
State police: Sheriff's deputy was in uniform while trespassing
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- State police on Thursday said that a Montgomery County sheriff's deputy charged with trespassing was wearing his uniform and had driven his patrol car to the location of the alleged crime. 

Trooper Kerra Burns, the public information officer for New York State Police Troop G, revealed more information about the arrest of  Sgt. Raymond Waldynski, 42, of Johnstown. Waldynski was charged Nov. 21 with second-degree trespassing.

Burns said that on Nov. 2 Waldynski drove his Montgomery County sheriff's patrol unit across county lines into Fulton County to a home in the town of Broadalbin. She said he entered a home and encountered a person that state police are only referring to as the victim of the alleged incident.

"The victim stated that Raymond Waldynski entered their residence without permission and having no legal right to do so. When asked to leave the residence, Waldynski did," Burns said. State police would not explain why Waldynski allegedly trespassed.

Burns said the state police did not receive the complaint against Waldynski until Nov. 16. She said he was arraigned in Broadalbin Town Court on the day of his arrest. 

The Daily Gazette left messages with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department Wednesday and Thursday inquiring as to  Waldynski's status at the department since his arrest. Montgomery County Sheriff Michael Amato has not responded.

Waldynski is the third Montgomery County sheriff's deputy arrested by the state police since August. The first two, Deputies Roberto Gracia, 46, and Theresa Pingitore, 48, both of Amsterdam, were charged in connection with an alleged hit-and-run accident involving a teenager on a skateboard.  

Gracia, a 15-year veteran of the department and an investigator, is alleged to have driven his personal vehicle on Northern Boulevard in the town of Amsterdam with his child in the car on July 11 when he ran into town resident Julian Louscher, 18, who was riding a skateboard with his friend. 

Louscher and Gracia "exchanged words" and then Gracia drove away from the scene, but not before Louscher used his cellphone to take photos of Gracia and his vehicle, according to deputies.

Gracia is alleged to have told Pingitore about the accident but then neither reported the accident to the sheriff's office.

Gracia has been charged with failure to report a personal injury accident and professional misconduct for allegedly failing to perform his duty as a police officer. Both charges are misdemeanors. He has also been charged with tampering with evidence, a class E felony.  

Pingitore, a 29-year veteran, was charged with professional misconduct, a misdemeanor.

Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney has been assigned as the special prosecutor in the case, due to the deputies' working relationship with the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. 

Carney's office Thursday said the cases against Gracia and Pingitore and are still pending. 


 

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