Former Dutchess legislator convicted of sex crimes released from prison

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PLEASANT VALLEY – Former Dutchess County Legislator Michael Kelsey (R-Pleasant Valley), convicted in 2016 for sexually abusing boy scouts in 2014, has been released from prison.  The former lawmaker was released on Thursday, May 5, 2022.

Kelsey, 38 at the time was found guilty on May 12, 2016, on all counts of a felony indictment charging him with sexual abuse and attempted sexual assault.  He also was indicted on misdemeanor counts of forcible touching and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

A jury determined that Kelsey had sexual contact with one teen and attempted to have sexual contact with a second between August 13 and 20, 2014, when he was leading a Boy Scout troop from Fishkill on a week-long 50-mile hike and outdoor excursion. They stayed at upstate scout camps.

Kelsey served as a Dutchess County legislator in 2009 representing the towns of Amenia, Pleasant Valley, and Washington.

Upon his release from state prison in Hudson, he is under the supervision of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s Dutchess County office, with conditions.  His parole is scheduled to expire in 2032.