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Former Caldwell Police Officer pleads not guilty in federal court

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Posted at 5:30 PM, Nov 02, 2023

CALDWELL — Former Caldwell Police Officer Ryan Bendawald pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that allege he abused his power as a police officer to sexually victimize women.

According to an unsealed indictment, prosecutors believe the 41-year-old engaged in unlawful sexual conduct with at least seven women between 2017 and 2021.

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In those documents, prosecutors also allege Bendawald exchanged, or offered to exchange favorable police treatment for sexual favors.

Bendawald is charged with two felony counts of deprivation of rights under color of law, five felony counts of federal program bribery, and one misdemeanor count of deprivation of rights under color of law.

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If convicted on all counts, Bendawald could face up to a maximum penalty of life in prison. His trial is set to begin January 8th.