CPD: Man sexually abused disabled woman

From back to front and left to right, city police Lieutenants David Guerrera and Michael Strangeway converse with Deputy Chief Paul Sandy and Sgt. Dan Edwards speak this May at a city crime scene/ TIM BENNETT

A city man was arrested Thursday for sexually abusing a 57-year-old disabled woman he was caring for in Cortland, according to police.

Damion Deckard, 21, of 29 Groton Ave. Apt. 1W was arrested at the Cortland Police Department without incident on a sex abuse charge stemming from an incident on Wednesday, said Lt. Michael Strangeway.

Deckard was in charge of the care of the physically disabled woman,” Strangeway said. “They were known to each other.”

Deckard was charged with two felonies: First-degree sexual abuse and first-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person.

The charge of first-degree sexual abuse is levied against a person accused of having “sexual contact” when that person “...is incapable of consent by  reason  of  being physically helpless,” according to state penal law. It can also be applied to individuals accused of harming children or using force.

Deckard was released to appear in City Court at 9 a.m. July 14, according to the department.

Strangeway declined to comment on whether he was still caring for the woman since his release. City Court offices were closed today in observance of Juneteenth and information regarding if an order of protection was issued against Deckard on the woman’s behalf and why bail was not issued in this case was unavailable.

Sex offenses qualify for bail under the bail reform acts enacted Jan. 1.