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L.I. Town Clerk Tried to Obtain Intimate Photos of Staffer: Police

Hempstead town clerk Mark Bonilla is accused of trying to obtain intimate photographs of a female subordinate who had accused him of sexual harassment

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Town of Hempstead

The attorney for a New York town official says he will not resign following his arrest on misdemeanor charges.

Hempstead town clerk Mark Bonilla pleaded not guilty Saturday in district court. He is accused of trying to obtain intimate photographs of a female subordinate who had accused him of sexual harassment. He allegedly pressured the boyfriend of the woman for the photographs.

Bonilla is charged with official misconduct, second-degree attempted coercion and petit larceny.

Town supervisor Kate Murray and others have called for him to resign. She says she wants to protect staff from a hostile work environment.

Newsday reported Monday that Bonilla's attorney says his client will not resign and intends to fight the allegations.

He is due back in court on October 26.

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