Sexual abuse trial postponed for Port Jervis building inspector

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The sex abuse trial of a prominent Port Jervis building inspector was set to begin Wednesday, but instead was postponed for a pretrial hearing next month.

Walking alongside his wife and family, suspended Port Jervis building inspector David Rivera said nothing Wednesday as he prepared to face a Wallkill judge for alleged sex abuse and harassment on the job.

Inside court, Rivera's defense asked for a pretrial hearing to determine whether or not statements made to police can be used at trial.

That hearing is now scheduled for March - nearly a year since News 12 first interviewed the alleged victim, Colleen Hanley.

Hanley claims Rivera sexually harassed and groped her during a 2018 inspection at her job in Port Jervis.

The sexual harassment allegations aren't the first against Rivera.  He was brought up on workplace charges in 2019, which the city dismissed.

Rivera is also currently facing a criminal harassment charge in Greenville for a bar fight involving the daughter of the co-worker who filed the complaint.

While Rivera, who is suspended with pay, continues to be paid $5,000 a month.

Both Rivera and his attorney declined to comment after court. He's due in Greenville court Thursday and then back in Wallkill in March.

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