CHATHAM—State Police from the Livingston Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrested Lawrence R. Thomas, 72, of Chatham for first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, August 20.
After receiving a law enforcement tip of possible sexual abuse an investigation revealed Mr. Thomas allegedly sexually abused a victim under the age of 13-years-old.
Mr. Thomas was arraigned in Livingston Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to appear in Chatham Town Court at a later date.
This investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information regarding possible crimes committed by Mr. Thomas should contact the New York State Police at 845-677-7300. Reference case #9770227.