Ulster County man charged with sexually abusing minor child

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KINGSTON – The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Town of Ulster man on sexual abuse charges.

Douglas Whitaker, 68, of Ruby allegedly engaged in periodic unlawful sexual conduct with a juvenile victim since the spring of 2020 when the victim was under the age of 17.

He allegedly met the child on an online dating app.

Following the execution of a search warrant at his home, he was arrested on the evening of October 19.

Whitaker was charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual act and a misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of a child.

He was arraigned and remanded to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $75,000 cash bail, $150,000 partially secured bond, or $300,000 fully secured bond.

An order of protection was also issued on behalf of the victim.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be filed.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 845-338-3640.

The sheriff’s office was assisted in the investigation by the Ulster County Family and Child Advocacy Center and Ulster County District Attorney’s Office.