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Former deputy charged with sex abuse

A former Onondaga County Sheriff's deputy was criminally charged Tuesday Oct. 26 after engaging in a sexual relationship with and underage teenager.

Alexander Nicholson, 34, of 134 Dewey Ave. in the town of Cicero, was charged with second-degree criminal sexual act, a Class D felony, third-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors. He was charged after detectives assigned to the Sheriff's Abused Persons Unit conducted a joint investigation with the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office into Nicholson's alleged off-duty conduct.

According to police, Nicholson resigned on Oct. 8 when detective began investigating allegations he had engaged in inappropriate sexual activity with a 14-year-old boy. Nicholson has been a police officer for eight years.

The alleged off-duty conduct reportedly occurred between the end of July and August 2007.

Nicholson was arraigned in Cicero Town Court and released on his own recognizance.

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