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Amusement park worker accused of sexually touching children on line for ride

A 20-year-old man from Kazakhstan has been charged with sexual abuse for allegedly touching the geni
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A 20-year-old man from Kazakhstan has been charged with sexual abuse for allegedly touching the genital areas of two 11-year-olds at the Magic Forest Amusement Park on Route 9 in Lake George.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation Thursday into the incident. The two children made statements that a male ride operator at the park touched their genital area as they were waiting to ride one of the rides in the park.

Zhandos Bakytbekuly of Kazakhstan was arrested Thursday on two counts of second-degree sexual abuse. Bakytbekuly had been an employee of the park for the past month and a half, and was scheduled to leave the United States on Sunday. He has been in the United States as part of a work exchange program.

Bakytbekuly was arraigned in Lake George Town Court on Friday and taken to the Warren County Jail for lack of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bail bond. He was also ordered to surrender his passport. He is scheduled to reappear in Town Court in September.

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