TUPPER LAKE - A 16-year-old male from Bloomingdale has been charged with engaging in sexual acts with a pair of underage victims.
Tupper Lake Village Police took the teen into custody on Dec. 21 at 4:15 p.m. following an investigation into allegations that he committed sexual acts with two children, ages 8 and 9.
According to Police Chief Tom Fee, the investigation was launched on Dec. 13 after family members advised officers the children may have been involved in a "sexual act committed by the suspect in the month of July 2009."
A subsequent investigation revealed the victims allegedly engaged in oral sex with the suspect on one occasion in July.
So far, the suspect has been charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act - a class B felony. He's also been charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.
Following arraignment in Tupper Lake Village Court, the teen was released to the custody of his parents and is currently under supervision of the Franklin County Probation Department.
The name of the suspect is being withheld due to potential youthful offender status.
Chief Fee thanked the several family members who helped in the investigation.
"Without their courage and convictions this crime may have never been discovered," he said in a release. "The Department will continue to aggressively investigate crimes against innocent victims and encourage all parents and community members to be vigilant."