Pregnant female suspect in child sex abuse ring sent to jail


wipes away tears during her
arraignment on Friday (Photo: Lance Wheeler)

HUDSON – A woman who was allegedly involved in a series of physical
and sexual abuse incidents involving underage victims in Columbia County
was remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.

Jeanine VanAlphen-Moot, 30, of Craryville, told the court on Friday she
could not meet the bail, was on SSI and that she was eight to nine weeks
pregnant, and needed pre-natal care she would not get in jail.

Judge Richard Koweek rejected her argument and sent her to jail.

Also arrested in the investigation of sexual abuse were Goliath ValAlphen,
45, of Claverack, William Wendover, 27, of Cairo, and Eugene Shackleton,
58, of Copake.

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