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January 24, 2013

Two men face sex-abuse charges

ELLENBURG — Two men were arrested within the last week on charges of first-degree sex abuse in separate cases involving children.

Peter J. Miller Sr., 41, of Ellenburg Depot was charged Wednesday with sexually abusing an 8-year-old, said New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Investor Scott Hite.

Miller turned himself in to State Police at the Plattsburgh barracks shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday and was charged with first-degree sexual abuse, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

The abuse occurred in the Town of Ellenburg in the summer of 2011, Hite said, and was reported in March 2012. State Police could not release the gender of the victim.

Miller was arraigned in the Ellenburg Town Court before Town Justice Kenneth Lafave and was taken to the Clinton County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bail bond.

He is due to reappear in court at 7 p.m. Thursday.

 

SCHUYLER FALLS CASE

 

The other man accused of sex abuse is Leon Muniz, 20, of Schuyler Falls.

The abuse of an 11-year-old was ongoing from June 12, 2012, through Jan. 17, 2013, the day it was reported to a Child Protective Services hotline, Hite said.

The incidents happened in the Town of Schuyler Falls, Hite said. He could not release the gender of the victim.

The State Police and Child Protective Services investigation led to Muniz's arrest that day at the Plattsburgh State Police Barracks.

Muniz was charged with first-degree sex abuse, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child and forcible touching, both misdemeanors.

He was arraigned in the Schuyler Falls Town Court before Town Justice Randall Cumm and sent to the Clinton County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

Muniz's bail was set higher than usual for his charges because he was on probation for a separate case where he was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, Hite said. A violation of his probation was filed.

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

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