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A Rensselaer County man who works part-time as a police officer in Whitehall was arrested Wednesday for allegedly possessing child pornography, according to State Police.

Joel T. Archambault, 28, of North Greenbush, was charged with felony counts of promotion of a sexual performance by a child and possession of a sexual performance by a child after a multi-agency investigation.

In addition to working part-time as a patrol officer in Whitehall, Archambault is a deputy police chief with the SUNY Central Administration in Albany.

He was accused of possessing illegal pornography in North Greenbush after an investigation that involved State Police, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The pornography was believed to have been downloaded from the Internet.

Archambault has worked for Whitehall Police Department since at least 2016, when he received a commendation for rendering medical assistance to a man who nearly bled to death.

There were no allegations of illegal conduct by him in Washington County, or that the pornography he is accused of possessing included local children.

Whitehall Police Chief Ernie Bassett said he could not comment on Archambault’s status late Wednesday, as he had yet to discuss the case with him. But he said in general, an officer charged with a serious crime is suspended pending the outcome of the case.

He had been suspended by the SUNY system, a spokesman said.

“We are all deeply disturbed by the alleged crime committed by a SUNY officer. While the criminal investigation is ongoing by the State Police, the officer has been suspended, and if he is found to have violated any law or policy we will pursue immediate termination.

We will continue to provide a secure and safe environment for faculty, staff, and students,” SUNY said in a written statement.

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Don Lehman covers police and court matters and Warren County government. He can be reached at 518-742-3224 or dlehman@poststar.com

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Don Lehman covers crime, Warren County government and the outdoors for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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