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Tompkins County Deputy Sheriff Acquitted In 2013 Rape Accusation

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A Tompkins County Sheriff’s deputy has been found not guilty on all charges, stemming from a rape accusation in February 2013.

Thirty-four year old Scott Walters was first charged in 2017 and accused of raping and sexually assaulting a woman at his Lansing home, who prosecutors say was “physically unable to give consent.”

Also charged in the incident was Matthew Pinney, also of Lansing, who ultimately became a witness in Walters’ trial in exchange for a plea deal.

Walters was acquitted yesterday (September 18) after more than 11 hours of deliberation by a Tompkins County jury.

Pinney will still have to appear in October and plead to attempted forcible touching and reckless endangerment as part of his deal. Both are misdemeanor charges.

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