ITHACA, N.Y.– A Tompkins County Assistant District Attorney is resigning from her position to pursue other career opportunities, an official confirmed Tuesday.

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Wendy Franklin, who prosecutes cases from the town of Dryden and cases that go through the Integrated Domestic Violence Court, will officially be leaving the office in the next few weeks.

“It’s not a contentious thing or anything, by any stretch of the imagination,” Deputy District Attorney Andrew Bonavia said. “She just decided that she wanted to go to other things.”

Assistant District Attorney Wendy Franklin during the trial of former Cornell student Peter Mesko, who was convicted of sexual abuse and burglary last March.

He said Franklin has been with the office for about five years and, prior to coming to Tompkins County, was an assistant district attorney in Cortland County.

Bonavia said the office is sorry to lose Franklin to other opportunities, calling her a great trial attorney and prosecutor.

“It’s a very stressful job,” he said.

Franklin is one of six assistant district attorneys who prosecute cases in Tompkins County.

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