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Police Chief: Sex attack should have been made public

Posted at: 12/06/2012 12:03 AM
By: Dan Levy

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Angry and outraged residents wanted an explanation from their police department Wednesday night in Saratoga Springs. They claim the police were too slow in notifying the public about a sexual assault case.

Nicole Kempton says she has a pretty good idea why so many people in the community were so upset when they found out in early October about the attack that occurred September first.

"I think it shakes the foundation a bit and people panic when they're not given information," Kempton said.

About fifty people came to the Saratoga Springs City Hall to attend a forum sponsored by the the on-line newspaper Saratoga Wire and by the city's Department of Public Works not just looking for information, but hoping for an explanation, especially since Saratoga Springs happens to be a college town.

"I just don't think that we're being critical enough," said Lily Manganiello, a Skidmore College junior. "I think people are supporting the police department when they clearly made a mistake. It took weeks for us to hear that there was a violent rapist on the lose."

If there is a rapist on the lose, that's information that Nicole Kempton sure would like to know about.

"I'm a runner and I have two small children and sometimes the only time I can run is five in the morning," she says, "I probably ran past that location (at East and Lake Avenues) the next morning."

"In this case, we should have put something out," said Police Chief Christopher Cole. "In hindsight, we probably could have put something out to the public. In that particular case, given the same circumstances, we would put something out."

Chief Cole says his department is already in the process of making changes.