HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) A suburban New York official has been convicted of one count of official misconduct.

Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla was accused of trying to obtain explicit photos of a female employee who had accused him of sexual harassment.

Justice Sharon Gianelli ruled Thursday after a non-jury trial that Bonilla was guilty of sending text messages in an effort to get the photos.

Nassau County prosecutors say he was acquitted of another count of official misconduct, coercion and attempted petit larceny.

He faces up to a year in jail when he is sentenced Sept. 26.

Newsday ( ) reports Bonilla had no comment on the verdict. His attorney says he will probably appeal.

The Republican has refused to resign, but is not seeking re-election in November.


Information from: Newsday,