Former NYPD officer pleads not guilty to child sex abuse

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A former cop has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault allegations.

Nicholas McAteer, of Greenwood Lake, was arraigned today before a judge in a Goshen courtroom on more than 80 counts of child sexual abuse, use of a child in a sexual performance, and incest.

Moments after the arraignment, McAteer’s lawyer Andrew Quinn left the courthouse's only public exit by himself. McAteer then exited through a side door at the opposite end of the building, avoiding the media and jumping into a silver BMW. A supervisor inside the Orange County Courthouse denies any special treatment was given to McAteer and says it appears McAteer left through an unmarked, rarely used stairwell between the courthouse and government center under construction. That supervisor said that the stairwell's signage will be changed to ensure there's no future unauthorized access and added that, as is, McAteer did not break the law by using it. 

The former NYPD commander is charged in the repeated abuse of two underage kids over nearly a decade.

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 tells News 12 says his victims were 12 and 13 when the abuse began. That source says 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 $25,000 cash bail. A grand jury indicted McAteer on dozens of new charges last week after the second victim reportedly came forward.

McAteer is due back in court next month.

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