Dirschberger, former Social Services Commissioner, scheduled to be sentenced Friday for rape charge

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Former Erie County Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger will be back in court Friday to learn how much time he will serve for raping a woman on a work trip to Albany.

The 28-year-old subordinate employee was with Dirschberger and other county employees for a conference in December of 2017.

She accused Dirschberger of raping her in the Renaissance Hotel.

Dirschberger resigned after Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz learned of the incident and asked him to resign.

His attorney initially claimed everything that happened was consensual but an Albany County jury didn’t buy it. 

Jurors convicted Dirschberger on rape and criminal sex act charges on March 1. 

News 4 spoke with local attorney Barry Covert about the case. 

He says it’s possible Dirschberger could only get probation.

Covert also says it could be telling that the judge, in this case, revoked Dirschberger’s bail and sent him to jail when he was convicted. 

The sentencing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday in Albany. 

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