Beekmantown Leonard Cormier faces jail time after touching someone who is incompetent or physically disabled, according to New York State Police.
The 72-year-old from Beekmantown is currently out on bail.
Police say that Cormier, of Cooper Drive, inappropriately touched the victim in early July.
He was arrested within two days and charged with third-degree aggravated criminal sexual act and second-degree criminal sexual act, both felonies.
The Beekmantown man also faces a misdemeanor charge for endangering the welfare of an incompetent person of physically disabled person.
He was released on $5,000 bail.
No further information was available.
The charges entail any touching of the sexual or other intimate parts of a person for the purpose of gratifying sexual desire, whether directly through clothing, as well as the emission of ejaculation upon any part of the victim, clothed or unclothed.
Sexual abuse of people with disabilities is unusually common, especially those with developmental disabilities, because of the greater risk of victimization of such people. It often goes unreported, and most of the time, predators are authority figures in the victim’s life.
The developmentally disabled are more prone to such abuse due to reliance on a caregiver, emotional and social insecurities, and a lack of understanding surrounding the situation.
People with developmental disabilities are 4 to 10 times more likely to have acts of violence committed against them.
Between 15,000 and 19,000 individuals with developmental disabilities experience rape each year.
Other studies suggest 68 percent of girls with developmental disabilities and 30 percent of boys with developmental disabilities will be sexually abused before the age of 18.