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Deputies William Wilt, front, and Corey Hutchins arrive at Arietta Justice Court with Kevin R. Desrochers of Lake Pleasant, right, where Desrochers was arraigned Friday, March 21, on 10 charges. (Photo/Cristine Meixner)

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Desrochers faces more charges

Monday, March 24, 2014 - Updated: 8:28 AM

By CRISTINE MEIXNER

Editor

PISECO -- A Lake Pleasant man faces 10 more charges in addition to two already wending their way through court.

Kevin R. Desrochers, 23, has been charged in Arietta Justice Court with five counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child less than 17 years old, a class D felony; and five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.

He is already facing one count on each charge in Lake Pleasant Justice Court. He was free on $100,000 bond bail, but Justice Gail Doherty set bail at $100,000 cash and $200,000 bond and remanded him to Hamilton County Jail Friday, March 21.

The alleged victim is a resident of Arietta.

District Attorney Marsha King Purdue presented the charges in court Friday. She said they stem from events that allegedly took place June 1, 2012.

Asking for the substantial bail, Purdue said Desrochers has previously been convicted on a petit larceny charge and, in connection with the pending charges in Lake Pleasant Justice Court, had reached a cooperation agreement with her office under which he was to provide information to her.

No only did he fail to do so, she said, but, "I believe he also lied to our office."

Desrochers is to reappear in Arietta Justice Court Tuesday, March 25, at 10 a.m. for his preliminary hearing. His assigned counsel is Lisa Burgess of Indian Lake.

Doherty also issued an order of protection against Desrochers on behalf of the alleged victim. Her name is being withheld due to her status as a minor.

The new charges result from an investigation that began following an allegation that Desrochers received sexually explicit digital photographs in April 2013 of a 16-year-old Indian Lake girl.

Each of the felony charges carries a sentence of up to seven years in state prison. Each of the misdemeanor charges is punishable by up to one year in county jail.

According to Sheriff Karl Abrams, a significant number of potential additional victims may exist, but as yet have not been identified.

The investigation was spearheaded by the county Sheriff's and District Attorney's offices, with the assistance of the New York State Police.

Purdue characterized the investigation as "highly intense, dealing with a series of computer and technology issues."

She cautions young people to use extreme judgment and discretion when dealing with the Internet. "It is a different world than it was 10 years ago or even five years ago, and young people must realize the risks associated with the new technology," she said.

Abrams credited Sergeant Kevin Braunius and Deputy William Wilt for the investigation. "They have lived and breathed this case for months," he said, "and their work was outstanding."

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office at (518) 548-3113.

     

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