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Saladin in court

David Saladin, left, appears in Queensbury Town Court on Monday to answer charges he sexually abused two girls at a day care center where he worked.

DON LEHMAN dlehman@poststar.com

QUEENSBURY — The lawyer for a Hudson Falls man who is accused of molesting two girls at a Queensbury day care center where he worked said Monday that his client “absolutely” maintains he did nothing wrong.

David L. Saladin, 48, was in Queensbury Town Court on Monday for his first court appearance since his arraignment last week for his Feb. 26 felony sexual abuse arrest. He had no comment as he left court, but his lawyer, Bill Montgomery, said his client has pleaded not guilty and he is reviewing the case.

“He is a lifelong resident of the area who has no criminal convictions,” he said. “I have the charges and we are reviewing them.”

Saladin is accused of having sexual contact with two young girls at a home-based daycare center in Queensbury where he worked for about two years. His case was postponed until April 2 by Queensbury Town Justice Michael Muller, as the Warren County Sheriff’s Office continues to look into allegations that he had sexual contact with two girls at Child Care at Willow’s Bend.

Saladin was allowed to remain free on bail.

Saladain worked as a private babysitter around the region as well. As of Friday afternoon, sheriff’s Lt. Steve Stockdale said police had not heard from any additional potential victims since the arrest, but investigators were still interviewing families of children who were cared for in the home while Saladin worked there. The center’s owner has been cooperating with police.

Police said he made admissions when questioned, but no paperwork related to his statement has been filed in court. A DVD was filed, as police now question defendants in serious cases on video, but it has not been released publicly.

Saladin was fired from the state-licensed center after the allegations were made. He faces two felony charges of first-degree sexual abuse and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Anyone with information in the case as asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 518-743-2500.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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