Dirschberger sentenced to Five Years for Rape

Convicted of raping a staffer during a conference in Albany

Tom Puckett
April 12, 2019 - 2:27 pm

Albany, NY (WBEN) Former Erie County Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger has been sentenced to five years in prison for raping a staffer during a conference in Albany in 2017.

Dirschberger was convicted of engaging in sexual intercourse with a county staffer without her consent. In addition, the jury found that Dirscheber engaged in oral sexual conduct with the same victim without her consent. This happened in an Albany hotel room.

Dirschberg will also serve 10 years of post-release supervision after completing his prison term.

"Today, former Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger got what he deserved.  This story has bothered me for more than a year now.  The whole culture that allowed a Commissioner to invite a junior level staffer to a conference so he could prey on her is troubling.  Beyond troubling, is the finding in the Special Counsel's report that the victim he raped had previously complained to management about his behavior toward her and it went unchecked. A grand jury of his peers indicted him, another jury convicted him, and now he knows his punishment.  It is my hope that his victim somehow finds peace, and my thoughts and prayers are with her and her family at this time as well as Mr. Dirschberger’s family," says Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon in a statement.

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