SOMERS, N.Y. - A Somers Postal Service employee has been arrested and charged in connection to the mail found dumped in the woods last week.

Stephen D. Harris is charged with official misconduct and “obstruction of public servants generally,” according to Jeffrey Powers, assistant special agent in charge of the U.S. Postal Service’s Inspector General’s Northeast Area’s field office. 

Harris was released on his own recognizance by the Patterson Town Court, Powers said. He's due back in court on Nov. 26. Harris is no longer employed by the Somers Post Office; he had been a rural carrier assistant, Powers said.

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Last week, the Postal Service said bins of mail had been discarded in woods at the dead-end intersection of Voris Drive and Wellington Lane in Somers

Power did not answer questions about why Harris dumped the mail or what is streets his route encompassed in Somers. 

Supervisor Rick Morrissey said previously that the town was told this was a single incident involving mail sent around Sept. 3 to the week of Sept. 24. Morrissey said anything mailed after Sept. 28 “is not in question.”