Update: Accused sex offender is a cop
Thu, 21 Apr 2011 18:30:19 GMT —
Update 10:30 am Friday:
CNY Central's Jim Kenyon has learned that an Oswego man accused of exposing himself is a New York State Parks Police officer.
33 year old Anthony Vidal was charged by Oswego City Police April 20th with 1st degree sexual abuse: forcible compulsion, a felony. Police say Vidal entered an Oswego business, removed his clothes and forced a female employee to touch him on his buttocks.
Police have confirmed that Vidal is employed by the New York State Parks Department as a police officer. Parks Department spokesman Dan Keefe says Vidal has been suspended without pay and is under investigation by its internal affairs division. Keefe says Vidal was not assigned to any specific park but is part of the Region 9 police force.
The alleged victim, Christina Huff tells Kenyon exclusively that despite an order of protection, she is extremely afraid for her safety. "I am very terrified. He's a State Police officer, he works for the parks. I'm scared. He came back so many times who says he's not going to come back again?"
Huff says the incident took place at her beauty parlor, Chrissy's Cuts where Vidal has been a customer for the last couple of years. She claims that two weeks after the incident, Vidal returned to her business while she was not there and frightened her co-worker. That co-worker, Kathy Pardee says Vidal entered the salon on Wednesday thinking she was alone. She says Vidal had parked his car down the block even though there were plenty of spaces in the parking lot. She also says Vidal unplugged the "open" signs in the windows. Pardee says she notified her boyfriend who was in the back of the salon fixing a faucet who called Oswego Police. Pardee also says Vidal partially exposed himself to her about 6 weeks ago, but she did not call police at the time.
Huff says she's contacted Oswego County District Attorney Donald Dodd in hopes of having Vidal put back in jail.
Vidal could not be reached for comment. Police gave his address on Tug Hill Road, but the woman who answered the phone said he did not live there.
An Oswego County man is under arrest after police say he exposed himself at a local business.
According to Oswego Police, on April 9th 33-year-old Anthony Vidal of Tug Hill Road in Oswego was inside an unidentified business with he allegedly removed his clothing in order to display and flex his muscles for a female employee. Police say this included removing his underwear. The victim also told police that Vidal allegedly grabbed her hands and placed them on his buttocks while flexing them, saying he wanted to show her how tight they were. Police say he also placed her hands on his chest.
Police say Vidal left the premises when other customers entered the building.Vidal was arraigned in Oswego City Court and remanded to the Oswego County Correctional Facility in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to return to court on Tuesday. Oswego Police are asking anyone with information regarding this or any other suspicious or illegal activity to contact them at 315-342-8130 or their tip line at 315-342-8131, or email firstname.lastname@example.org