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Former Tonawanda Dispatch Supervisor Gets 10 Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Employees

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TONAWANDA, NY – Former Tonawanda Police Department Dispatch Supervisor Brett A. Rider, 48, of Kenmore was sentenced to a sentence of 10 years in prison followed by 10 years of post-release supervision. He will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release, according to Erie County District Attorney John Flynn.

“Over the course of several years, the defendant 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,” D.A. Flynn said.

Rider pleaded guilty to two counts of Attempted Rape in the First Degree (Class “C” violent felonies) and one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (Class “D” violent felony) on March 24, 2022.

The counts of the plea include the following offenses:


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  • The defendant attempted to engage in sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion with a female victim in September 2009.
  • The defendant subjected a second female victim to sexual conduct by forcibly touching her intimate parts in June 2017.
  • The defendant also attempted to engage in sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion with a third female in November 2019.