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Saratoga County deputy accused of sexual offenses against children

Saratoga County deputy accused of sexual offenses against children

He was arrested Saturday, sheriff says
Saratoga County deputy accused of sexual offenses against children
Steven E. Willetts
Photographer: Saratoga County Sheriff (inset); Gazette file photo (background)

MALTA -- A Saratoga County sheriff's deputy has been arrested for multiple sexual offenses against children, sheriff's officials said Monday.

Steven E. Willetts, 40, of Malta, was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree criminal sexual act and second-degree course of sexual contact against a child, felonies.

Willetts is a deputy with the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department and has been suspended without pay, sheriff's officials said.

The arrest stemmed from a complaint the Sheriff's Department received Saturday concerning two victims, police said. The allegations ranged from several years earlier until recently.

Willetts was arrested the same day, officials said.

He was arraigned and ordered held on $25,000 bail, court officials said.

Willetts is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with with a child under the age of 11 and of engaging in two or more acts of sexual conduct with a child less than 13 over a period of time that lasted at least three months in duration, sheriff's officials said.

Willetts has been a deputy with Saratoga County since at least 2015, newspaper records show.

"The charges against him were not related to any official action and did not occur at a time when he was working," sheriff's officials said in a release.

The investigation is continuing.

If convicted of the first-degree criminal sexual act charge, Willetts would face up to 25 years in state prison.

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