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Gloversville men arrested on child sex abuse charges

Gloversville men arrested on child sex abuse charges

Two 30-something Gloversville men were arrested this week in separate incidents involving alleged se

Two 30-something Gloversville men were arrested this week in separate incidents involving alleged sexual contact with young children.

A 33-year-old Gloversville man was arrested Wednesday after a police investigation revealed he allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with several young boys.

Scott VanEtten, of 64 Second Ave., was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and five counts of second-degree criminal sexual act, all felonies.

Police began investigating him after allegations surfaced that he had inappropriate contact with two young boys over the summer — one 9 years old and one 7 years old. After a lengthy investigation, police allege he had also been having sex with a 14-year-old boy.

“VanEtten engaged in such acts at various locations in the city of Gloversville at least five times,” said Detective Sergaent Mike Jory in the release.

He was processed and arraigned by Gloversville City Court Judge Traci Dimezza and sent to Fulton County Jail on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.

Another Gloversville man, 32-year-old Richard A. Dence Jr., was arrested following a joint investigation by Gloversville police and the state police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.

Authorities say he committed various sex acts with a 5-year-old child, photographed the acts, and uploaded them to the Internet for dissemination.

After receiving a tip through the Internet Crimes Against Children tip line, authorities executed a search warrant on his Gloversville home and took him into custody.

Dence was charged with the following felonies: first-degree criminal sex act, use of a child in a sexual performance, promoting a sexual performance by a child and possession of a sexual performance by a child, as well as misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.

He was arraigned in the City of Gloversville Court and put in Fulton County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. No return date has been set.

Investigations into both men are ongoing, with additional charges pending.

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