Retired NYPD lieutenant from Orange County accused of child sex abuse

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A retired NYPD lieutenant commander from Orange County who was part of a sex crimes unit is set to be arraigned this week on more than 80 counts of child sexual abuse.

Neighbors in Greenwood Lake say they are in shock after disturbing allegations of child sex abuse and incest against retired NYPD Lt. Commander Nicholas McAteer.

A total of 82 counts were outlined in the indictment, which claims the 45-year-old father of three molested two family members who are not his children for nearly a decade.

A family source says his victims were 12 and 13 when the abuse began. That source tells News 12 that the alleged sexual assaults systematically took place in McAteer's home while his wife was sleeping and in his unmarked NYPD patrol car, while he worked for a sex crimes unit in Manhattan and its Internal Bureau of Investigations.

McAteer was originally brought up on charges by one victim in Greenwood Lake back in August and is out on $75,000 bail. A grand jury indicted McAteer on dozens of new charges last week after the second victim reportedly came forward.

News 12 reached out to the NYPD and the Orange County District Attorney's Office, but both declined to comment.

McAteer is set to be arraigned on Wednesday.

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