Building inspector found not guilty for role in bar fight
There was a not guilty verdict Monday in the harassment trial against the Port Jervis building inspector for his role in a bar fight involving his wife and the daughter of a woman who accused him of workplace sexual misconduct.
After nearly an hour on the stand Monday, Port Jervis police building inspector David Rivera was found not guilty by a Middletown court judge for his behavior during a 2019 melee at the Fox and Hare Brewery in Port Jervis.
Rivera, who is on paid administrative leave, was accused of putting a man in a chokehold and punching him during the altercation involving his wife and the daughter of a woman who accused him of workplace sexual harassment.
Rivera, however, testified that he never hurt anyone during the incident and was acting in self-defense, while trying to get his wife to leave.
Rivera shook his attorney's hand and left after the verdict was read.
Rivera still faces forcible touching and sex abuse charges for two separate incidents, which are being tried in Wallkill court.
Neither Rivera nor his attorney was immediately available for comment following the court appearance.