Ex-NYPD inspector accused of sex abuse wants to prove innocence at trial

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A high-ranking NYPD official accused of sexual misconduct rejected the idea of a plea deal in court Monday as his defense team and prosecutors discussed restarting his trial.

Prosecutors accuse Keith Walton of forcing himself on a female officer in 2016 -- something that his supporters in both the police department and surrounding community say is hard to believe.

Walton allegedly called the woman into his office and grabbed her genitals twice, according to the criminal complaint, then forced her to reciprocate.

Walton's lawyer says his client did no such thing, is innocent and will fight to prove it. 

"They're serious charges, but we feel extremely confident," says Xavier Donaldson, Walton's defense attorney. "We're looking forward to the trial and think that we're going to be successful."

Walton was a deputy inspector in charge of the NYPD's 49th Precinct when the alleged incident took place.

"It's been going on for more than 21 months," says Rick James, a retired police officer. "If they had what they say they have against this good man, then bring it to order."

As News 12 has reported, community members have repeatedly attended Walton's court appearances to demonstrate their support.

Sal Russo, who lives within the 49th Precinct, says Walton stood up against corruption and had the respect of his officers.

He is due back on court on Aug. 20, when lawyers say they may begin jury selection.

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