COOPERSTOWN _ An Otsego County grand jury has declined to indict an Oneonta town constable, Scott Harrington, and a former Oneonta town constable, Timothy Ludden, on charges of misconduct.

The allegations against the men stemmed from a complaint filed by an Oneonta resident, Anthony Valenta, in August of 2008, after a fire at Valenta’s garage and workshop on Oneida Street.

Valenta tried fighting the blaze with a garden house but then called 911 from a cell phone, he told firefighters. At some point during the fire, there was a dispute between Valenta and the constables.

Delhi attorney James Hartmann was appointed as special prosecutor to investigate the allegation and confirmed Monday that neither man was indicted.

``Clearly, the grand jury believed there was insufficient evidence to indict,’’ he said.

In a statement e-mailed to The Daily Star, Thomas Carr, Ludden’s attorney, characterized the allegations against his client as ``absurd.’’

Harrington said he was thankful the town of Oneonta has stood behind the constables who were facing `baseless charges.’’

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