In court, a Hudson Valley lawyer admitted that he sexually touched a female client.

In City of Poughkeepsie Court, Wayne Thatcher, an attorney whose office is located in the Town of Poughkeepsie, pleaded guilty to forcible touching, a misdemeanor.

Thatcher admitted that on May 16, he forcibly touched the private parts of a female client, for his own sexual gratification, while meeting with the woman during as part of a  attorney-client relationship.

Following an investigation by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau, a number of clients came forward and accused the lawyer of engaging in continual inappropriate sexual conduct.

At least seven people came forward with information relating to incidents involving Thatcher, leading to additional charges against Thatcher.

However, there was insufficient evidence to convict Thatcher in those cases, according to Bureau Chief for the Dutchess County District Attorney's Office Special Victims Bureau Kristine Whelan.

The Dutchess County District Attorny’s Office is recommending Thatcher be sentenced to 60 days in jail and six years probation, the maximum penalty, when sentenced on Nov. 17.

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