GREENPORT – The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Claverack youth on a felony charge of criminal sexual act.
The sheriff’s office was notified of the allegations after receiving a report of child abuse or neglect from the Child Abuse Hotline.
Michael Burke, 16, is accused of performing oral sex on a person under
the age of 11. The crime allegedly occurred in the Town of Greenport on
August 26. Burke was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000
cash bail or $2,000 bond.
The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office and the Dr. Stephen and Suzanne Menkes Child Advocacy Center assisted with this investigation.
The sheriff’s office urges anyone with information about this crime to contact Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh at 518-828-3344.
Sheriff David Bartlett reminded people that if they suspect a child is being physically or sexually abused or neglected they should contact the state Child Abuse Hotline at 800-342-3720. Reports may be made anonymously if the reporter so wishes.