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Saratoga Sheriff: Halfmoon man sexually abused, photographed children

Saratoga Sheriff: Halfmoon man sexually abused, photographed children

Investigators arrested him Saturday
Saratoga Sheriff: Halfmoon man sexually abused, photographed children
James J. Satalino
Photographer: Saratoga County Sheriff's Office (inset), Gazette File photo (background)

HALFMOON -- A Halfmoon man sexually abused children in Halfmoon and produced child pornography of them, Saratoga County Sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

He is also accused of providing one of the children items containing marijuana, officials said.

James J. Satalino, 69, of Andrea Court, was arrested Saturday and charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act and one count each of use of a child in a sexual performance, first-degree sexual abuse and criminal sale of marijuana.

If convicted of a first-degree criminal sexual act count, he would face up to 25 years in state prison.

Investigators arrested Satalino after an investigation into his contact with children under the age of 11 at his home in Halfmoon, officials said.

Investigators allege Satalino had sexual contact with at least two children, resulting in the criminal sexual act counts. Investigators also allege he had further contact with one of the victims, resulting in the sexual abuse count.

He then "took sexually revealing photos of his victims," leading to the use of a child in a sexual performance count, officials allege.

Satalino was arraigned and ordered held on $100,000 bail.

The investigation is continuing and further charges may be added, officials said.

Anyone with information concerning contact with Satalino should call Investigator Steve Brown at the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office, officials said.

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