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Watertown police officer charged in domestic dispute

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A Watertown city police officer faces charges following a domestic dispute involving his ex-girlfriend that allegedly happened in December.

State police arrested Jonathan M. Pitts, 31, LaFargeville, on one count each of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, and second-degree harassment, a violation.

The arrest stems from an incident that allegedly occurred in December involving his estranged girlfriend and a 4-year-old child. Mr. Pitts was arraigned in Orleans Town Court and released. He is scheduled to reappear in court June 20.

Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham said he was informed about the arrest Wednesday by City Manager Sharon A. Addison. Although he did not have specifics about the allegations, Mr. Graham said the police officer was placed on “administrative leave.”

“Obviously, we take these things seriously, but there is a presumption of innocence,” the mayor said.

Capt. Cheryl A. Clark declined to comment about the incident and what might happen to the officer.

State police Senior Investigator Patrick A. Hathaway said the incident was referred to state police Tuesday and they proceeded with the case “expeditiously and judicially.”

Investigator Hathaway declined to give additional comments.

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