Undersheriff To Go On Leave Following Sexual Harassment Claims


Jefferson County Undersheriff Andrew Neff will be placed on administrative leave following accusations he sexually harassed an Adams Center woman.

Sheriff John Burns said the leave is effective Thursday.

"It was my decision," Burns said, "so I could find out the facts."

He said Neff will be paid while he's on leave.

"It will be with pay for right now and I don't know what will happen after that," he said. "I really don't."

Michelle Bowens filed legal documents claiming Neff offered to speak to prosecutors on her behalf about charges she is facing "if she performed sexual favors for him."

The notice of claim filed by Bowens' attorney states Neff "engaged in a pattern of verbal harassment...when she refused to meet him to perform sexual favors."

Bowens says she had a relationship with Neff starting in 2005 when she was an informant for the sheriff's department.

See our earlier story.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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