Sex crime and knife assault top grand jury cases

NORWICH – A Chenango County grand jury met last week and indicted nine people, including several high-level felonies for sex crimes and assault.

At the proceedings, the District Attorney’s Office presents evidence against those they wish to prosecute for a felony level crime and the jurors decide if there is enough reasonable cause to charge a person.

• Justin R. Zimmerman, 21, of Oxford, was indicted with one of the highest level sex felonies in New York State, two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, a Class A-II felony. The indictment accuses Zimmerman of having sexual intercourse and molesting a three year old female victim on at least two separate occasions, Feb. 9 and 11, in the Village of Oxford.

He was also indicted on two counts of first degree rape, two counts of first degree criminal sexual act, all class B felonies, and first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony.

Zimmerman was arrested after an investigation by Chenango County Sheriff’s Office and Child Protective Services. He was arraigned in Oxford Village Court Feb. 20 and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility without bail.

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