NYPD Deputy Inspector charged with sexual abuse

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York Police Department deputy inspector has been indicted on charges he sexually abused an officer under his command.

Deputy Inspector Keith Walton pleaded not guilty Wednesday to sexual abuse, official misconduct, forcible touching and harassment. If convicted he faces up to seven years in prison.

Prosecutors say he grabbed the private area of a police officer and made her do the same to him inside the 49th Precinct stationhouse in the Bronx on Nov. 6. They say he also threatened the officer.

Defense lawyer Louis La Pietra said Walton "vehemently" denies the allegations.

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