There is some shocking news coming out of Saratoga County today, a former sheriff's deputy has admitted to multiple incidents of sexually abusing an underage child.

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According to dailygazette.com, a former Saratoga County Sheriff’s Deputy admitted that he abused an underage child for more than two years.

According to officials with the Saratoga County  District  Attorney’s Office, 46-year old Steven E. Willetts of Waterford admitted in court that he sexually abused a child under 13 years of age for more than two years.

Karen Heggen is the District Attorney with Saratoga County.  She commended the Saratoga County Sheriff’s  Department for gathering the evidence needed for a guilty plea.  She said, “Sheriff Zurlo’s team worked tirelessly to identify and uncover the overwhelming evidence in this case which resulted in the defendants' plea today.

Court records show that Mr. Willetts accepted a plea deal where he admitted to committing a multitude of offenses that spanned over an 11 year period from 2009 until January 2020.

In January 2020 two victims reported the assaults to the police, and Mr. Willetts was arrested shortly thereafter.  The Sheriff’s Department was notified of Mr. Willetts’ arrest and he was immediately suspended.  Shortly after his suspension, Mr. Willetts resigned from his position as a deputy with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department.

Mr. Willetts pleaded guilty to one count of first- degree Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child.  He will be sentenced on September 16 and he could potentially spend 16 years in prison.

This guilty plea just goes to show that we must always be diligent with protecting our children.  This authority figure shamefully took advantage of innocent children.

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