Former Livingston man arraigned on 31 counts of sex crimes against children

From Columbia County D.A.’s Office:

On March 25, 2019, John Acklin was arraigned in County Court upon being indicted for eleven (11) Counts of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child; Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the 1st Degree; ten (10) Counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the 1st Degree; and ten (10) Counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree,

Honorable Jonathan D. Nichols presiding. The Court schedule a trial for August 5, 2019. The New York State Police investigated this matter and arrested John Acklin. The Public Defender represents John Acklin. John Acklin is presumed to be innocent unless and until the People can prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to all twelve (12) of twelve (12) jurors. (Indictment No. 19-008) 

Original press release from last November:


Livingston, New York –

On November 8, 2018, the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Livingston arrested John Acklin, age 55, now of Bandera, TX, for Criminal Sex Act in the 1st degree, a class B felony.

In 2017 State Police commenced an investigation into reports of sexual assaults that occurred over 10 years ago, in the Town of Livingston. Working with our partners in the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers in Bandera County, TX, Acklin was located, and arrested as a fugitive from justice on October 25, 2018.

In cooperation with the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, on November 8, 2018 Acklin was extradited back to New York. Acklin was arraigned before the town of Livingston Court, and was remanded to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He is set to return to court on November 15, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.

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