Former Tonawanda Police Dispatcher Facing 10 Year Prison Term After Guilty Plea

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BUFFALO, NY – A former Tonawanda Police Department dispatch supervisor, Brett A. Rider, 48, of Kenmore has pleaded guilty in court to charges lodged against him for behavior between 2009 and 2019.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said, over the course of several years, Rider engaged in inappropriate, sexually harassing behavior while on-duty as an acting dispatch supervisor for the Town of Tonawanda Police Department.

“While off-duty, the defendant sexually assaulted three female employees,” Flynn said in a statement. “The defendant engaged in sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion with a female victim in September 2009.”

Then, in 2017 Rider subjected a second female victim to sexual conduct by forcibly touching her intimate parts, according to court records. Finally, in 2019, court records show he also engaged in sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion with a third female in November 2019.

Under this plea, the maximum sentence is 10 years in state prison followed by 10 years post-release supervision when he is sentenced on May 31, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. He remains held without bail.

Orders of protection remain in place for all three victims.