Grand jury indicts nine

NORWICH – The Chenango County grand jury met Wednesday and handed up a number of criminal indictments. At the proceeding, the District Attorney’s Office presents evidence against those they wish to prosecute. It is up to the members of 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 nine individuals this week:

• Leonard D. Vandermark, 64, Greene, was indicted on charges of predatory sexual assault against a child, a class A-II felony, first degree rape, first degree criminal sexual act, first degree aggravated sexual abuse and first degree sexual conduct against a child. He was also indicted on one count of committing a first degree criminal sexual act, a class B felony, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor. The charges stem from an incident which took place in the Town of Greene on or about Sept. 20, in which Vandermark allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with a female under the age of 13 at his residence.

• David W. Sands, 44, homeless, was indicted on charges of second degree assault, a class D felony, and third degree assault, a class A misdemeanor. The charges concern an incident which allegedly took place on North Chenango Street in the Village of Greene on Sept. 3 during which Sands allegedly struck another person with the intent to cause physical injury by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.

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