Child rape tops grand jury indictments

NORWICH – The Chenango County Grand Jury met Wednesday and handed up several criminal indictments.

At the proceedings, the District Attorney’s Office presents evidence against those they wish to prosecute and the jury decides if there is enough reasonable cause to charge a person.

• Jason E. Heisler, 34, of 223 West State Road, Oxford was indicted for first degree rape (B felony), first degree sexual abuse (D felony), second degree sexual act and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Allegedly Heisler subjected two young children, the girl under 11 and the boy under 15, to sexual contact at his residence between 2003 and 2006. He reportedly had intercourse with the young girl. In conjunction to the original investigation involving the girl, police also discovered evidence that led them to charging Heisler with molesting the boy.

Heisler was arrested Oct. 23. Heisler’s wife Christina was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child because she allegedly knew of the incidents but failed to report them to authorities. He is in the Chenango County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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