Where to begin with this allegation… Behold 36 year old Mike Kelsey: Attorney, County Elected Official, Outdoors Enthusiast, Photographer and – it seems – lover of boys.
A county legislator from downstate New York is charged with sexual abuse for allegedly touching two teen-age boys in the Cranberry Lake area last summer. Michael N. Kelsey (R), 36, of Pleasant Valley, NY, was arrested by state police in Wappingers Falls Monday night.
“My understanding is that Mr. Kelsey is a boy scout leader. He was up here on a boy scout camping trip with several boys and he did touch at least two of them,” said St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain.
He was charged with sexual abuse, first degree, forcible touching and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
“The most serious charge is sexual abuse in the first degree. Sexual abuse first is a felony which carries up to seven years in state prison per child,” said Rain.
Kelsey was arraigned in Town of Pierrepont court Tuesday morning before Judge Robert Camp. He was freed on $2,500 bail.
Scott Armstrong, president of the Boy Scouts Longhouse Council – which covers St. Lawrence County – said the incident had nothing to do with the Longhouse Council and did not take place on locally operated scouting property. Kelsey was banned from scouting in October.
Armstrong said it was his understanding the charges stemmed from a trip made by Scouts from the Hudson Valley to the Cranberry Lake area. State police said Kelsey inappropriately touched two 15 year old boys during a trip August 13 and 14.
The chairman of the Dutchess County legislature, Rob Rollison, said in a statement that Kelsey should resign. “The news regarding the charges against Legislator Michael Kelsey are sad and deeply disturbing,” Rollison said. “We must be mindful that the allegations involve children and so our concern, first and foremost, must be for their safety and well-being. While he is allowed due process in a court of law, given the severity of the charges it is in the best interest of all for Michael Kelsey to step down from his position as legislator at this time.”
As well, Kelsey just lost a very tight race for state Assembly. According to his assembly web site, Kelsey is a lawyer, a part-time professor and “an avid outdoors man” who has climbed the Adirondack high peaks.
Mike also runs an outdoor guide company...
So here we have yet another f**cking pervert involved with the Boy Scouts (recently pressured to require admission of gay scouts and staff), as well as involved with a once Catholic institution. I have had enough.
May justice is done.