Trenton Town Supervisor Mark Scheidelman found guilty of sexually abusing boy

The Trenton Town Supervisor has been found guilty of sexually abusing a 10-year-old-boy last year.
Updated: 4:10 p.m. Fri., May 24

Utica (WSYR-TV) - The Trenton Town Supervisor has been found guilty of sexually abusing a 10-year-old-boy last year.

Mark Scheidelman, 53, who has held the elected position for over 20 years, was on trial for first-degree sexual abuse.

He is scheduled to be sentenced July 17.

The trial began Monday in Oneida County Court. The jury began deliberations on Thursday and reached their decision around 3:15 p.m. Friday.

During their deliberations Friday, the jury asked to read testimony from the victim and his brother, as well as Scheidelman.

On Thursday, Scheidelman took the stand and said he never inappropriately touched the young boy.

Although the victim said the crime happened in Scheidelman's bed, Scheidelman said the boy never slept next to him.

"I didn't feel comfortable sleeping with these three boys in my bed. I didn't have a problem with them sleeping in the room," said Scheidelman.

The 10-year-old victim and his brother were at their cousin's house last year on Veteran's Day weekend. Scheidelman lived in that same house.

Although Scheidelman said the boys did sleep in his room, he said the victim never slept in his bed.

Scheidelman was charged in November 2012.

The 10-year-old victim took the stand Tuesday, as did his 13-year-old brother who claimed he saw Scheidelman inappropriately touching the younger boy.

The victim told the jury that Scheidelman went under his clothing and touched his bare genitals.

Defense attorney George Aney questioned the child, asking why he told police and the grand jury in his initial statement that Scheidelman touched him over his clothing.

The victim said he was embarrassed.

Investigator Todd Grant of the New York State Police assigned to the Child Advocacy Center also took the stand.

Grant told the jury that in different crimes police can get all the information at once, but with children and sex abuse crimes it can be different.

"A lot of time with children they are so shy and embarrassed about what happened to them that they give a little bit of information to start," said Grant.

As the prosecution and defense made their closing arguments Thursday, defense attorney Aney said the victim's mother had influenced these allegations, saying she had an ulterior motive.

"I get the impression that Shannon is the one who learned about this and Shannon is the driving force in this entire prosecution," said Aney.

The prosecution said Scheidelman inappropriately touched the victim for sexual gratification.

Prosecutor Dawn Lupi said the children had no motivation to lie.

"What is there to gain? What? Well let's see. They made a trip up to the police station in Remsen, they got a trip to the Child Advocacy Center, they were questioned by complete strangers about sex," explained Lupi.

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