Registered Sex Offender Arrested in Sex Case

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September 6, 2017

A Level 3 sex offender from Easton has been charged with repeatedly sexually abusing a child in Saratoga County, authorities said.

Michael R. Hands, 51, of Herrington Hill Road, has been indicted on seven felony and two misdemeanor charges for alleged sexual contact with a child earlier this summer in Charlton, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney's Office.

He is also accused of using a child in a sexual performance that was videotaped or photographed, and distributing child porngaphy, officials said.

He faces counts of criminal sexual act, use of child in a sexual performance, disseminating indecent material, sexual abuse, promoting a sexual performance by a child and endangering the welfare of a child, records show.

The charges are punishable by up to 47 years in state prison.

Hands is a Level 3 sex offender because of a 2003 sodomy conviction in Suffolk County.

Hands' arraignment status was unclear Saturday. State Police from the Malta station handled the case (corrected).








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