NORWICH – The Chenango County grand jury met Wednesday and handed up a number of criminal indictments. At the proceeding, the Chenango County District Attorney’s Office presents evidence against those they wish to prosecute. It is up to the jury to decide if there is enough reasonable cause to charge a person with a felony offense.
Those indicted by the grand jury are arraigned before the county or Supreme Court judge at a later date.
The grand jury indicted 14 individuals:
• Joseph A. Baxter Jr., 21, Afton, was indicted on charges of first degree criminal sexual act, a class B felony, second degree assault, a class D felony, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.
The criminal sexual act charge, as well as one count of endangering, stem from an alleged incident that occurred in the summer of 2011 in the Town of Coventry. Baxter is accused of engaging in a criminal sexual act with a youth under the age of 13. The assault and second endangering charges stem from an alleged incident that took place in February of 2012 in the Town of Afton. It’s alleged that Baxter, in concert with another individual and with intent to cause physical injury, did do so by means of a deadly weapon or instrument.
• Kyle O. Baxter, 16, Afton, was indicted on charges of second degree assault, a class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor. It’s alleged that Baxter, in February of 2012 and in concert with another, did cause physical injury to another individual by means of a deadly weapon or instrument.
• John J. Vaughn, 54, McDonough, was indicted on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated, both class E felonies. Vaughn is accused of operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .19 of 1 percent on or about Feb. 17, 2012, on County Road 8 in the Town of McDonough. It’s alleged that Vaughn was observed swaying while he walked, speaking with a slurred voice, having bloodshot and watery eyes and smelling strongly of alcohol at the time of his arrest. He has one prior conviction for driving while intoxicated, dating from May 27, 2004, in the Town of Oneonta Court, Otsego County, according to the indictment.