"If the claims in the complaint were true, they would be very disturbing. However, anybody can make allegations," Potter said. "Detectives Rice and Whitely have excellent records with the department, and it's inconceivable they would do something like this. The allegations in the complaint seem preposterous."
Robinson's arrest records include statements from the girls who made the complaints. Robinson was also arrested by Troy police in 2002 for allegedly menacing people from his car, charges he said were filed due to mistaken identity.
Robinson was arrested on several occasions in the weeks following his arrest by Bethlehem police for allegedly missing court dates, violating court orders and for a similar incident in the Town of Coeymans.
Robinson alleges that on one occasion, Christopher Hughes stuck his sock-covered feet in Robinson's face while he was awaiting arraignment at the Bethlehem police station.
Hughes declined to speak on those accusations, and is being represented by the same lawyer as the rest of the defendants.
Robinson is representing himself. He claims the incident caused damage to his spine and ultimately paralyzed him. He's seeking more than $75 million in damages.
In a lengthy notarized statement about the incident, Robinson said he had been paralyzed from the waist down in a 1995 automobile accident and underwent physical therapy. He claims he was fired from his job at Adirondack Trailways after the May 2008 arrest.
The lawsuit is still in early stages and before a federal district court. Robinson is seeking a jury trial.