Port Jervis building inspector arrested for alleged inappropriate sexual contact


PORT JERVIS – The City of Port Jervis building inspector was arrested on Thursday on charges stemming from a joint investigation by Port Jervis and Deerpark Police into allegations of inappropriate sexual contact.

David Rivera

David Rivera, 39, of Port Jervis, was charged with two counts each of forcible touching and sexual abuse and one count of harassment, following two alleged incidents in Port Jervis. He was also charged with three counts each of forcible touching and sexual abuse in the Town of Deerpark.

As a result, Port Mayor Kelly Decker said Rivera has been placed on administrative leave pending completion of an administrative investigation.

“The mayor’s office is working with the experienced staff in the building department as well as our city engineer to continue smooth operations of that department during Mr. Rivera’s absence.”

Rivera was sent to the Orange County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail for the Port Jervis charges and $2,500 cash bail for the Deerpark charges.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office assisted the two police departments in the investigation.

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call detectives at 845-858-4003.