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Ex-Town Of Poughkeepsie Cop Nabbed Again For Inappropriate Sexual Contact

Wayne Thatcher, 64
Wayne Thatcher, 64 Photo Credit: Dutchess County Sheriff's Office

A retired Town of Poughkeepsie police lieutenant and attorney who admitted to forcibly touching a former client and pleaded guilty to four counts has been arrested again for the same charge.

Wayne Thatcher,  64, was arrested on Friday after leaving the City of Poughkeepsie Court for a scheduled appearance, in regards to a new woman who has come forward with an allegation of inappropriate sexual contact, said Dutchess County Sheriff's Office Capt. John Watterson.

"The investigation that led to his arrest was initiated when the female victim came forward and filed a complaint, and is independent of the previous cases that led to Mr. Thatcher’s arrest and guilty plea earlier this year," Watterson said.

After being processed, Thatcher was released on an appearance ticket and is due to appear before the Town of Poughkeepsie Court on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Thatcher was arrested on May 18 and charged with two counts of forcible touching with a client. He was charged with two more counts in June when additional victims stepped forward, the Dutchess County District Attorney's Office said.

Anyone with information about this case or similar incidents involving Thatcher are urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at (845) 486-3852 and ask for Detective Harris. Anyone with information may also contact the Sheriff’s Office tip line at (845) 605-2583 or at dcsotips@gmail.com . All information will be kept confidential.

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