FONDA — A St. Johnsville man was arrested after a two-month investigation by Montgomery County Child Protective Services, Harry Hoag School and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office which revealed a pattern of sexual abuse of a young girl, authorities said.
Raymond I. Sanders, 38, of 7044 Route 5, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual act, a felony.
Sanders is accused of having deviant sexual acts with an 11-year-old girl at his residence on at least two different occasions in December.
Investigator Bill Gilston Jr. of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said the man is not a blood-relative of the child.
Gilston said a school counselor had received a statement from the victim and immediately called Child Protective Services. He said Sanders is not affiliated with the school.
Gilston said he attempted to interview Sanders, who refused to talk. He was arrested after the attempted interview.
“This is one guy I just couldn’t crack,” Gilston said.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the investigation is ongoing and it appears the abuse has been going on since the victim was 9-years old. More charges are pending.
Gilston said police do not believe any other children were harmed.
Sanders was arraigned in Mohawk Town Court and taken to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.
The case has been turned over to District Attorney James “Jed” Conboy for further action. Conboy said the charges could bring up to 25 years in state prison.
Conducting the investigation and making the arrest were Gilston and Sgt. Ray Waldynski, also of the Sheriff’s Office. Assisting were Child Protective workers Marsha Benjamin and Melissa Conti.