11 December 2020

Major Michael J. Drake
Troop K Commander

Rhinebeck, New York – On December 11, 2020, the New York State Police in Rhinebeck arrested John J. Fenton, age 55, of Wappinger, NY, for Bribe Receiving in the 3rd degree, a class D felony, two counts of Coercion in the 3rd degree, and Official Misconduct, both class A misdemeanors. 

John J. Fenton is accused of the aforementioned charges while acting in his capacity as the Town of Red Hook building inspector and zone/code enforcement officer after the State Police received a complaint.

Fenton was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Dutchess County Court on January 21, 2021, at 9:00 a.m.

This investigation is ongoing at this time.  Anyone not yet interviewed that may have possible information regarding official misconduct by Fenton is asked to please contact the State Police at (845) 677-7300.  Please refer to case# 9521280.


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