Police: Hudson Valley Lawyer Had Sexual Contact With Clients, More Victims Possible
More and more people are coming forward after a local lawyer was accused of engaging in a continual inappropriate sexual conduct with a client. Police believe more victims are possible.
Following an investigation by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau, 63-year-old Wayne Thatcher of Poughkeepsie was accused of engaging in a continual course of inappropriate sexual conduct with a client.
On Friday, Thatcher was charged with sexual abuse, a felony, after another person came forward with information about another incident, police say.
One week ago, Thatcher was charged with one count of forcible touching, a misdemeanor, in May he received two-counts.
At this time, seven people have come forward with information relating to incidents involving Thatcher, an attorney in the Hudson Valley, officials say.
If anyone has information about this case or similar incidents involving Thatcher they are strongly 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All information will be kept confidential.
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