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Michael Kelsey indicted in sex abuse case

Jul 01, 2015 6:23 am
Pat Doxsey is reporting in the Daily Freeman Dutchess County Legislator and former Republican candidate for the New York State Assembly Michael Kelsey has been indicted by a St. Lawrence County grand jury on charges that he sexually abused two boys in August 2014. The incident allegedly occurred during a Boy Scout camping trip near Cranberry Lake. Kelsey was indicted on one count of sexual abuse and one count of attempted sexual abuse, both felonies; as well as one count of forcible touching and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, all misdemeanors. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on $1,000 bail, according to the St. Lawrence County District Attorney's Office. In 2014, Kelsey unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Assembly member Didi Barrett in the 106th Assembly District. Kelsey was first elected to the Dutchess County Legislature in 2009, and has defied calls by fellow legislators and other elected officials to resign his seat since the sexual abuse accusations came to light. It is unclear if he will be seeking re-election in November, Doxsey writes. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.