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Former police dispatch supervisor charged with rape, sexual assault

Rider is being held without bail
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Posted at 5:52 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 17:52:42-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Kenmore man and former Town of Tonawanda Police dispatch supervisor is under arrest, charged with rape and sexual assault.

According to the Erie County District Attorney's Office, 47-year-old Brett Rider is accused of engaging in inappropriate, sexually harassing behavior while on-duty as an acting dispatch supervisor for the Town of Tonawanda Police Department. He is also accused of sexually assaulting three female employees.

The D.A.'s Office released the following charges against Rider on Thursday afternoon.

  • One count of Predatory Sexually Assault, a Class “A-I” felony
  • Two counts of Rape in the First Degree, Class “B” felonies
  • One count of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, a Class “B” felony
  • One count of Attempted Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, a Class “C” felony
  • Two counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, Class “D” felonies
  • Two counts of Rape in the Third Degree, Class “E” felonies
  • One count of Stalking in the Third Degree, a Class “A” misdemeanor

Rider is scheduled to return on December 15, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. He is currently being held without bail.

If convicted on all counts, Rider faces a maximum of 73 years to life in prison.

Orders of protection have been issued on behalf of the three victims.