WARRENSBURG — A local business owner who is a former Warrensburg Town Board member was arrested late Tuesday for allegedly sexually abusing a young boy, police said.
Dean G. Ackley, 59, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual act and first-degree sexual abuse, both felonies, and misdemeanor sexual abuse for accusations that he had sexual contact with a child with whom he was acquainted.
He was accused of forcibly abusing the boy during one of the incidents, according to police.
Police said the child was 14 and 15 years old, and the alleged incidents happened in the town of Warrensburg between last summer and earlier this month.
Warren County sheriff’s Lt. Steve Stockdale said police received information there were multiple sexual assaults, and the investigation was continuing this week with additional charges anticipated.
Ackley was arraigned in Warrensburg Town Court and released on $5,000 cash bail pending further prosecution June 12.
He operates Direct Deposit Bottle Redemption Center in Warrensburg, a business he started more than 12 years ago while he was on the Warrensburg Town Board.
He was on the Town Board for 16 years, serving as deputy town supervisor for several years in the early 2000s, before he lost a re-election bid in 2011.
He also formerly worked for Warren County in a number of departments in the 1990s and 2000s, including the Parks & Recreation Department before he left the county’s employ.
A phone message left for Ackley at his business Wednesday was not returned.
Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty called the accusations “surprising,” as Ackley has been involved with town government and the business community for decades. He said Ackley recently came to Town Hall to lobby town officials to support a bill that would raise the state bottle deposit fee.
“This is going to send shock waves through the community,” Geraghty said.
First-degree criminal sexual act is punishable by up to 25 years in state prison.
Anyone with information in the case was asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 518-732-2500. Sheriff’s investigators Doug David, Jesse Wittenberg and Ed Affinito are handling the case.