The Albany Times Union by Bob Gardinier - November 18, 2011
TROY, NY -- A retired Albany police detective already arraigned in Albany and Warren counties on charges he sodomized a teenage boy was indicted Friday in Rensselaer County on the same charges. Paul Pierce, 58, of East Greenbush allegedly victimized the 16-year-old boy at his home from spring through December 2010, according to the indictment. Pierce, in handcuffs and street clothes after being picked up Friday, appeared before Judge Robert Jacon and pleaded not guilty to charges in the sealed indictment of third-degree criminal sexual act, a felony, and misdemeanor charges of forcible touching, third-degree sexual abuse, and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the indictment. Jacon continued Pierce's $30,000 bail set in Albany and ordered the man to appear weekly at the probation department for drug and alcohol testing. Jacon also said he was going to make arrangements to have Pierce evaluated by a psychologist. In September, Pierce was arraigned on the same charges in Albany County Court relating to contact with the same boy in an Albany home. On Oct. 31, he was indicted in Warren County and pleaded not guilty to the same charges accusing him of molesting the same boy and a 16-year-old girl at a residence in Chestertown in 2009 and 2010, according to that indictment. That indictment charges Pierce with have oral and anal sex with the teens. The third-degree charge, a low-level felony, carries up to four years in prison. The misdemeanor brings up to one year behind bars. Court papers allege Pierce, a one-time DARE officer in the Albany school district, subjected the boy to "deviate sexual contact." The allegations are based on conversations between State Police and the victims. State Police encouraged parents of children who knew Pierce to talk to their children and contact investigators if they believe any youths were victimized. Reach Troop G headquarters at 783-3211.