Kessinger found guilty of sex abuse, endangering

NORWICH – Following just over an hour of deliberation, a Chenango County jury returned with a guilty verdict in the trial of 24-year-old Tommy L. Kessinger Sr. Wednesday, for sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a four-year-old child.

In April of last year, Kessinger was indicted on charges of first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, an A misdemeanor, accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with the four-year-old boy while dressing the child following his bath. The incident – which took place in early February of 2011 in the Village of Smyrna – was alleged to have occurred while Kessinger and his girlfriend, Sonya Wilson, were babysitting the child while living with the boy’s parents, Ashley Miller and Robert Wilson.

Kessinger could face up to seven years in state prison when sentenced.

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