Trial date set for Stuyvesant rape case

44 year old Morgan Sheldon appeared in Columbia County Court today, for the 2017 rape case in Stuyvesant. According to the Columbia County D.A.'s Office, Sheldon did not plead guilty, so a date has been scheduled for his trial, which will be July 30th.

Original press release from December 2017



Stuyvesant, NY- Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that 43 year old Morgan W. Sheldon of 37 Woods Lane Stuyvesant, NY has been arrested on a warrant and charged with multiple crimes, including Rape in the Third Degree.

On December 3, 2017, Sheriff’s Deputies received a report that a female was a victim of an assault. An investigation was initiated by Deputy Michael Meier and Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh which revealed that the victim was physically and sexually assaulted by a male suspect who is known to her.

A search warrant, issued by Columbia County Court Judge Richard Koweek, was executed at a residence in the Town of Stuyvesant. Sheriff’s Office Investigators secured evidence that was recovered at the location.

After this incident, the defendant fled the area. Deputies learned that he was possibly at a location in Albany and with the assistance of the City of Albany Police Department; Mr. Sheldon was apprehended today and turned over to Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputies.

On December 11, 2017 at approximately 12:46pm, Morgan W. Sheldon was arrested and charged with Rape in the Third Degree, Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, and Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree, all Class E Felonies. Additionally, he was charged with Assault in the Third Degree, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, Menacing in the Second Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, all Class A Misdemeanors.

Mr. Morgan was arraigned in Stuyvesant Town Court before Judge Carrie O’Hare and was remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear back in court on December 13, 2017 at 4:00pm.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

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