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Creepy: NY cop accused of sexually abusing 16-year-old girl at two cemeteries

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A 34-year-old police officer in Watervliet, New York faces several felony counts of criminal sex acts against a 16-year-old girl he met while serving as a school protection officer, WNYT-TV reported.

Investigators said Joshua Spratt met the girl while working at Watervliet High School, and engaged in the illegal activity at two nearby cemeteries, as well as a local parking lot. An order of protection has been filed for the girl.

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Spratt also allegedly carried out the same type of behavior with a 17-year-old girl from the same school. She was not included in the charges because she is able to consent under state law. However, authorities also issued orders of protection for her and a 17-year-old witness.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares said that prosecutors have amassed evidence against the officer including phone and text messages, as well as video footage.

“Right now, the emotion that an entire community is going to be going through is one of outrage,” Soares told the Albany Times-Union. “What I’m hoping for as a result of this dialogue is that this community does come together — and if there are other victims out there that we create an environment where those people can come forward.”

If the allegations against Spratt are confirmed, local school superintendent Lori Caplan said, they represent “an egregious betrayal of trust.”

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“We welcomed somebody into our school whose role was to keep our students safe,” she said. “And if these allegations are true, he played upon that role and upon his power and position, for lack of a better term. And I take that very personally.”

Spratt, an Army reserves veteran who has served in Iraq, was first assigned to the school in September 2013. He could face between 5 and 1/3 and 16 years in prison on the felony charges, and is also accused of child endangerment and official misconduct, two misdemeanors. He is currently free after posting $50,000 bail.

Watch WNYT’s report, as aired on Monday, below.

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WATCH: White man sprays black teen with hose after hurling racist abuse and claiming to be KKK member

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An East Rochester man sprayed a black teenager with a hose during a confrontation that was captured on video.

The man, whose name has not been released, claimed to be a Ku Klux Klan member during an argument with some black and white teenagers outside his home, and he sprayed one 14-year-old boy as he walked away from the white man, reported WROC-TV.

"You shouldn't be f*cking with the Klan," the man says, and walks toward his yard, where he grabs the hose and hurls a racial slur at the boy.

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Parents fight for custody of 4-year-old son after trying to treat his cancer with tea and ‘a positive state of mind’

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Two Florida parents are fighting this week to regain custody of their 4-year-old son who was taken away from them after they tried to treat his leukemia with a combination of tea and a "positive state of mind."

Local news station WFLA reports that Tampa Bay residents Joshua McAdams and Taylor Bland-Ball are headed to court to push for custody to be reinstated months after they decided to stop medical treatment for their 4-year-old son Noah.

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Prince Andrew’s fate in potential Epstein lawsuit entirely in the hands of Donald Trump

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MSNBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos said President Donald Trump has a unique ability to tip the scales in one possible legal case related to sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

The "Morning Joe" contributor was discussing the latest developments in the case, after Epstein's death earlier this month in jail -- two days after signing a new will.

"You can't hold the attorneys liable because someone wants to prepare a will," Cevallos said, "but remember, they fought to take him off suicide watch and they had to say he's not a suicide risk. otherwise, they would have kept him on suicide watch."

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