Stuyvesant man pleads guilty to 1st degree Rape

From Columbia County D.A.'s Office:

On May 16, 2019, Morgan Sheldon was convicted by plea in County Court of Rape in the 1st Degree, Honorable Jonathan D. Nichols presiding. The Court will sentence Morgan Sheldon on July 11, 2019. Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett's Office investigated this matter and arrested Morgan Sheldon. The Public Defender represents Morgan Sheldon. (SCI No. 104-18(A))

Original Press Release:



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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