Fulton County

Sex sting nets 4 arrests in Fulton County

Officer posed as children in electronic communications
Clockwise, from top left: Christopher L. Wilcox, Thomas Gordon, Laura Law and Shitiqua Williams.
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Clockwise, from top left: Christopher L. Wilcox, Thomas Gordon, Laura Law and Shitiqua Williams.

A police sting operation targeting sexual predators resulted in the arrests of two area men on sex abuse-related charges this week, as well as two area women on unrelated prostitution charges.
 
According to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, the underage sex investigation involved a state police officer who posed as children in electronic communications with others.
 
Christopher L. Wilcox, 49, of Gloversville, was charged with second-degree attempted rape, second-degree attempted criminal sexual act and disseminating indecent materials to a minor, all felonies, sheriff’s deputies said. Wilcox attempted to arrange a sexual encounter with someone he thought was a 14-year-old female, deputies said.
 
Thomas Gordon, 59, of Fonda, was charged with second-degree attempted criminal sexual act for allegedly trying to arrange a sexual encounter with someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy, according to the Sheriff’s Department report.
 
Wilcox and Gordon were arraigned in Perth Town Court and sent to jail on $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 property bond.
 
Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino said in the course of investigating the alleged underage sex crimes, police stumbled upon a pair of advertisements that appeared to be selling sex. 
 
“The sting was targeting individuals who were looking to solicit minors for sex on social media, and the prostitution busts were just while we were waiting for the cases against Wilcox and Gordon,” said Giardino. 
 
Laura Law, 35, of Fort Plain, and Shitiqua Williams, 28, of Albany, were each charged with one count of prostitution, a misdemeanor, as a result of the joint investigation, deputies said.
 
“They’re not connected, all four of them are separate,” Giardino said of the arrests.

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