Major R. Christopher West
Troop G Commander
On June 3, 2021, the New York State Police in Princetown arrested 53-year-old Thomas L. McDermott of Wilton for Aggravated Harassment 1st degree, a class E felony.
McDermott’s arrest follows a two-month investigation into a report of a bias-related incident that occurred on a construction site in the town of Rotterdam. The incident was reported by an employee at the construction site and immediately reported to state police by an onsite supervisor. McDermott is accused of using construction materials to assemble a small figure resembling a person of color, which he then hung with a noose made of twine.
McDermott turned himself in at SP Princetown and was processed. He was issued an appearance ticket for Rotterdam Town Court on June 14, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.