Some community members defend officer accused of sex abuse

Some community members are defending a police officer who was demoted to desk duty after being accused of sexual abuse.



As News 12 has reported, Deputy Inspector Keith Walton, of the 49th Precinct, was charged with sex abuse, official misconduct, forcible touching and harassment for allegedly groping a female cop in his office.



Prosecutors allege that on Nov. 6, Walton pulled the subordinate's hair and head closer to him so he could kiss her on the mouth.



They say the 20-year NYPD veteran turned the female officer around twice touching her private parts as she told him to stop.



Some community members who know Walton are not condoning these alleged actions, but they are standing up for him based on their own interactions with him.



Community Activist Raphael Schweizer Facebook post reads, "Never before has a police precinct organized job fairs, bike tournaments, block parties and video game tournaments for Bronx youth. All while answering his cellphone at 2 a.m. to respond to noise complaints."



Walton's attorney says his client vehemently denies these allegations and says his client is looking forward to his day in court.


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