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Former Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Adam Schwabrow is shown outside of Johnstown City Court today.

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Ex-official appears in court

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - Updated: 3:10 PM

Adam Schwabrow made a "status appearance" in Johnstown City Court this morning in front of Judge Lisa Lorman.

Schwabrow, Montgomery County Emergency Management director and Johnstown police officer, was arrested at work Sept. 19 after an internal investigation into alleged sex crimes from more than a year ago, officials said. Schwabrow, 32, was arrested at the Johnstown Police Department and charged with third-degree rape, a class E felony.

Because the local judges recused themselves, Lorman was pulled in to hear the case. This appearance was the first time she saw Schwabrow under these charges.

Schwabrow's attorney Michael McDermott, of the Albany firm O'Connell & Aronowitz, said his client is anxious to get into the court room.

"This is a difficult time," McDermott said. "Obviously he's a police officer so it's a different, awkward position to be in."

Married with children, Schwabrow has been employed by the Johnstown Police Department as a K-9 officer for about nine years. He was also formerly the town of Mohawk's fire chief.

Schwabrow was arraigned Sept. 20, and released on $5,000 cash bail at the correctional facility.

Johnstown Police Chief Mark Gifford said Lt. David Gilbo was able to cultivate leads that directed him toward an alleged sex crime by an officer in the department.

Schwabrow's next appearance, another status appearance, is scheduled Nov. 21 at 9 a.m. in Johnstown City Court.

In the meantime, Schwabrow's attorney and the district attorney will continue their investigation.

-- Alissa Scott

     

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