GLOVERSVILLE - A Gloversville 18-year-old grabbed a juvenile, sexually abused her and tried to pull her behind a building, police said.
Police Friday arrested Nicholas M. Warner, of 470 N. Main St., and charged him with second-degree attempted kidnapping and first-degree sexual abuse, both felonies, police said.
The attack happened Friday morning on the Spring Street Hill behind Gloversville High School, police said.
The girl made it to Gloversville Middle School and reported the attack. School resource officer John Bellamy started an investigation and quickly determined the girl's account to be credible and called in Gloversville Police detectives and officers, according to police and the school district.
According to police, Warner was soon identified as a suspect. Police used numerous surveillance cameras from multiple sources, along with physical evidence to lead to Warner, police said. Police arrested him Friday evening.
Gloversville Police were assisted by the state police, Fulton County District Attorney's Office and administration at the Gloversville Enlarged School District.
Gloversville Superintendent David Halloran posted a statement to Facebook Friday evening. He wrote that an all-out investigation ensued after the report and indicated that the suspect was quickly identified. Measures were then taken to keep the public safe until he could be apprehended.
"In my brief tenure with the school district my confidence in our relationship with the Gloversville Police Department has never been stronger," Halloran wrote. "District staff worked seamlessly with their officers to gain leads quickly, resulting in an arrest by this evening, less than 12 hours after the initial report.
"As a community, we must never let such vile behavior promulgate a culture of collective fear," Halloran continued. "Together we must stand up and take ownership of our streets and look out for our neighbors to ensure our community is one in which predators will never operate freely."
Anyone with additional information about Warner is asked to contact the Gloversville Police Department at 518-773-4506. Police released Warner's photo to assist.