20-year NYPD veteran accused of sexual abuse

An NYPD deputy inspector was stripped of his gun and badge and put on desk duty after being accused of sexual abuse.

An NYPD deputy inspector was stripped of his gun and badge and put on desk duty after being accused of sexual abuse.

An NYPD deputy inspector was stripped of his gun and badge and put on desk duty after being accused of sexual abuse. (11/18/16)

THE BRONX - An NYPD deputy inspector was stripped of his gun and badge and put on desk duty after being accused of sexual abuse.

Keith Walton of the 49th Precinct appeared in court Friday night to be arraigned on those charges. 

Prosecutors claim that on Nov. 6, the 20-year NYPD veteran instructed a female officer to come into his office. They say he then proceeded to pull her hair and head closer to him so he could kiss her on the mouth. 

Prosecutors allege Walton then made an effort to turn the officer around and touch her private parts over her pants as she told him to stop. They say the officer tried to leave but Walton said "Where the hell are you going?" and then turned her around again and touched her inappropriately a second time.

Walton's lawyer says they vehemently deny the charges.

"His history is nothing but stellar," says Lou La Pietra, the defendant's lawyer. "He's got an exceptional record. This man is respected by the community. This is completely outside of the realm of anything that he's ever been accused of or will ever be accused of."

Community members, however, say that they think the community has lost trust in him and that it is "disgusting" for an officer of his rank to do something like that. 

Walton's official charges stand as two counts of sex abuse, forcible touching, official misconduct and harassment. He is due back in court Dec. 1.

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