Town of Hempstead clerk arrested, charged with sexual harassment

Police say the Town of Hempstead's clerk has been arrested on sexual harrassment and official misconduct charges.Police say there are four complaints that have been

HEMPSTEAD - Police say the Town of Hempstead's clerk has been arrested on sexual harrassment and official misconduct charges.

Police say there are four complaints that have been filed against Mark Bonilla, who has been the town clerk for almost 10 years. The 50-year-old was arrested last night and charged with official misconduct, attempted coercion and petit larceny.

Investigators say that after the sexual harrassment complaints were fired, Bonilla allegedly threatened to transfer an employee if he didn't hand over compromising photos of the female accuser.

Bonilla was arraigned Saturday morning and released without bail. Local lawmakers say they will send Bonilla an official letter asking for his resignation.

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