A Watertown city police officer has been placed on administrative leave after being charged with two misdemeanor crimes.
Jonathan Pitts, 31, of LaFargeville, was charged by state police with harassment, second degree and endangering the welfare of a child for a December 2012 incident involving Pitts, his estranged girlfriend and a 4 year old child, according to state police.
Pitts was arraigned in Town or Orleans court and released to appear again on June 20.
Watertown police lieutenant Frank Derrigo said Pitts was not working with the police department, as of Tuesday. Watertown mayor Jeff Graham said he was told by the city manager that Pitts was placed on administrative leave.
Derrigo said the department is "following proper policy and procedure."
Friday, October 21, 2016, Watertown, NY
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