Bethlehem cop makes public plea

"I'm fighting for my reputation here," Hughes said. "I'm fighting for my job."

According to documents obtained by The Spotlight, the log merely states a violent incident occurred and was being reviewed by Deputy Police Chief Timothy Beebe. It does state a report is required for the incident type.

Beebe wrote a letter to Hughes on June 9, denying his FOIL request, stating, "No such New York Incident Report was generated and does not exist."

Cunningham said criminal reports are not necessary for workplace violence reports and there is no internal equivalent.

"We don't have a lot of workplace violence incidents," he said.

The alleged audiotape of Corsi is three years old if it exists, according to Bethlehem town attorney James Potter, but the town has not denied its existence and is searching through tapes held by the county to find the conversation in question.

Potter said he had "no comment" on Hughes' letter to the board, but has previously said the town is looking into the legalities surrounding the allegations.

Cunningham said Hughes told him he had a copy of the tape when they spoke at his home on May 17 about internal police department issues. However, Hughes denies ever claiming to possess the audiotape and that he only brought up the long-held rumor because he felt Corsi was targeting him for disciplinary actions for being vocal about union issues.

Hughes was slapped with back-to-back 30-day suspensions in April and May for misconduct charges.

An informational executive session about the investigation into Hughes' allegations was held June 3, five days after The Spotlight published its first story on the Corsi allegations and six days after Hughes made a formal complaint against Corsi with the district attorney's Public Integrity Unit.

Hughes said he went to the meeting and asked the Town Board to conduct its own investigation, independent of Hughes and Corsi.

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