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New Person Accuses Ex-Town Of Poughkeepsie Officer Of Forcibly Touching

Wayne Thatcher, 63
Wayne Thatcher, 63 Photo Credit: Dutchess County Sheriff's Office

A former lieutenant with the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department who left the force to become an attorney was charged Friday for the third time in connection with ongoing sexual abuse case, according to the  Dutchess County Sheriff's Office.

Wayne Thatcher, 63, who was first charged on May 18 following an investigation into another case, was charged with felony sexual abuse after another person came forward with information, said Capt. John Watterson.

To date, seven people have come forward and detectives have been able to confirm three of the incidents, Watterson said.

Detectives continue working on the remaining cases and are asking for anyone who may have been a victim of Thatcher to come forward, he added.

Thatcher's actions took place in the Town of Poughkeepsie and the City of Poughkeepsie, sheriff's officials said.

Thatcher is being held at the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond.

If anyone has information about this case or similar incidents involving Mr. Thatcher they are urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at (845) 486-3820 and ask for Detective Harris. Anyone with information may also contact the Sheriff’s Office tipline at (845) 605-2583 or at dcsotips@gmail.com. All information will be kept confidential.

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