Saratoga County cop won't face charge

Thursday, January 27, 2011
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— Charges have been adjourned and are expected to be dismissed against a Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department sergeant arrested last summer in an alleged break-in and domestic dispute.

Brent Dupras, 41, was arrested in August after a woman called police to say an air conditioner had been removed from a second-floor window and Dupras had entered her Halfmoon home.

After the incident, the woman, Laurie Barrett, said Dupras had formerly lived with her in the home but no longer did, according to police. She said that Dupras had been in the home earlier that evening but she asked him to leave and he initially did, but he returned through the window at about 11:30 p.m.

Dupras was charged with second-degree burglary and Sheriff James Bowen said he suspended Dupras from all duties without pay on Aug. 25.

Barrett appeared in Halfmoon Town Court on Tuesday night and told Justice Lester Wormuth that she would not testify against Dupras and that the incident had been a misunderstanding, according to Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III.

In a letter written last month to Murphy, Barrett asked that the charges be dismissed.

“I am writing to you to request that all charges against Brent Dupras be dismissed and that no further action be taken. I truly believe that I was mistaken in thinking that Brent was ever going to harm me in any way. I know he is extremely sorry for the occurrence and his poor lack of judgment. I want nothing more than for Brent to be reinstated in his job and for this matter to be resolved. I believe he has been punished enough,” Barrett wrote in the letter distributed by Murphy on Wednesday.

Representatives of the district attorney’s office, including investigators and crime victims advocates, were unable to persuade Barrett that she should go forward with the prosecution of Dupras, Murphy said.

“My only hope is that the victim is truly safe and that we’ve given her some resources through domestic violence services to help her,” Murphy said. “Domestic violence cases are one of the most difficult and frustrating cases to prosecute, but a victim’s lack of cooperation is not unusual.”

Saratoga County Sheriff James Bowen said Dupras will be reinstated to the department today.

“He was suspended on Aug. 25 without pay and he will be reinstated tomorrow, but he loses the five months of pay since his suspension,” Bowen said on Wednesday. “He will be a sergeant as of tomorrow. I have nothing further to say in the matter.”

In an effort to change Barrett’s mind about dropping the case, Murphy said he had two assistant DAs and several counselors speak to her about the potential danger she could be in if she did not pursue the case.

Bowen said Dupras has been with the sheriff’s department for 17 years.

Wormuth has issued a permanent order of protection, Murphy said.

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January 28, 2011
10:58 a.m.
batchellerman says...

What about a NewsPaper that wont let you comment on the subject of police getting preferential treatment.

January 29, 2011
10:21 a.m.
batchellerman says...

Once again just to prove to the public that police are not prosecuted to the same extent as you and I. If the D.A. wanted, he could use the testimony of the Arresting Officers and the Letter stating that she feels that he is sorry and the Arrest report. Since when does a victim get to chose who gets prosecuted?

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