Yates Co. public defender charged with forcible touching

New York State Troopers say that a Yates County Public Defender is facing charges related to his interactions with a teen girl.

State Police say that Edward Brockman turned himself in on Wednesday and faces multiple counts of official misconduct and forcible touching. The allegations stem from an incident, which allegedly took place over the winter.

Officials say that Brockman inappropriately touched a teenage client, who he had at his office – and she later told a trusted friend. The friend eventually blew the whistle, which prompted the launch of the investigation.

According to WHEC, Penn Yan Mayor Leigh MacKerchar said “He’s a good man and I hope that he can get this straightened out.” They point out that the allegations involve an 18-year-old victim, who was forcibly touched in his Penn Yan office.

Edward Brockman also serves as the village attorney in Penn Yan. Mayor MacKerchar says that the village has no plans to discipline Brockman at this time. They say that due process will determine the next phase of that process.

Anyone with information, or who believes they have been victimized by Yates County Public Defender Edward Brockman is urged to call State Police at (585) 398-4100.

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