Court appearance rescheduled for man

JOHNSTOWN- The city police officer who was arrested last week and charged with rape had his court appearance rescheduled, City Court officials said Monday.

Adam Schwabrow, 32, a city resident, is scheduled to appear in City Court on Oct. 10 at 9 a.m.

“The case was rescheduled because both judges in the city of Johnstown City Court, Judge Walsh and Judge Stortecky recused themselves,” Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said.

She said the case has been reassigned to Lisa Lorman, assistant Amsterdam City Court judge.

Schwabrow was arrested Thursday at 8 p.m. at the city Police Department and charged with third-degree rape, commonly known as statutory rape, a class E felony. He was arraigned before Fulton County Judge Polly Hoye and sent to the Fulton County Jail, with bail set at $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash. He paid the cash bail and was released.

Johnstown Police Chief Mark Gifford said Schwabrow was arrested after an “internal investigation” revealed evidence Schwabrow had sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl sometime over the past year and a half.

If convicted of the alleged crime, Schwabrow, who also is the director of the Montgomery County Emergency Management Office, could face the possibility of one-and-a-third to four years in state prison.