Port Jervis building inspector charged in alleged sex abuse incidents; on paid leave

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The Port Jervis Police Department has charged a building inspector in three alleged incidents of inappropriate sexual contact.

It was the second time that David J. Rivera, 39, has been arrested this year. He has been put on paid administrative leave.

According to police, two of the alleged incidents occurred in the City of Port Jervis. He faces two counts of forcible touching and two counts of sexual abuse in the third-degree. The other alleged incident took place in the Town of Deerpark, where he is facing similar charges.

Police say he was arraigned in Deerpark Town Court Friday. He was remanded to Orange County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail for the charges filed in Port Jervis and $2,500 cash bail for the Deerpark charges.

News 12 spoke with one of his alleged victims, Colleen Hodgins, last month. She met again with News 12 Friday. Hodgins, a Port Jervis property manager, claims Rivera assaulted her during an inspection last year.

She says that Rivera’s pelvis was pushed up on her and “left me nowhere to go.”

In February, Rivera was also charged with harassment after a bar fight, which was caught on camera, with his wife and the daughter of his secretary, who accused Rivera of sexual harassment at work. He was allowed to remain on the job during an internal investigation which later deemed the allegation to be unfounded.

Hodgins used that as a reason to come forward.

"The worst thing his friends did for him was to say, ‘Don't worry about it, this is all going to be swept under the rug,’" she told News 12.

Port Jervis officials say they are taking a second look at the workplace allegation against him, which first brought attention to Rivera's alleged behavior.

News 12 attempted to reach out to Rivera, but was unsuccessful.

Authorities are urging anyone who has information about the case to call 845-858-4003.

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