MALONE -- The case of a former Franklin County public defender accused of inappropriately touching three women is adjourned until late May.

William J. McCallig, 40, of Malone, had been charged with three counts of forcible touching involving three female county employees.

While at a local bar, he allegedly slapped one woman on the buttocks and touched her breast, touched another's hair and rear end and began grinding himself in a sexual manner against a third woman as she was pinned against a barrier.

In an appearance this week before Malone Town Justice Michael Lamitie, McCallig repeated his not-guilty plea to all charges.

Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan, acting as special prosecutor, pointed out that McCallig has been in Franklin County for only about a year, with no close ties, and could be a flight risk.

But Hogan said she would not object to him being released without bail until his May 28 court date, as long as the attorney signed a Parker admonishment, which means if he fails to show up in court, he understands the case will go on without him.

McCallig agreed to sign the statement during his appearance with his defense attorney, Allen Cruickshank of Plattsburgh.

The touching allegedly occurred on the night of Feb. 15 at the Pines Bar on Bare Hill Road in Malone, where the women had gone in celebration of the tavern's 20th anniversary.

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