Six Indicted By Chenango Grand Jury

By: Brian Golden

NORWICH – The Chenango County grand jury met last week 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 six individuals:

• Wayne E. Church, 30, Norwich, was indicted on two counts of third degree criminal sexual act, a class E felony, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.

It’s alleged that Church, in March and August of 2012, did unlawfully engage in criminal sexual behavior with a person less than 17 years old.

• James K. Smith, 32, Sherburne, was indicted on charges of third degree grand larceny, a class D felony, and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Smith is accused of stealing approximately $22,260 between the months of February and July of 2012 while employed in the Town of Columbus. According to his indictment, Smith – while employed by Staffworks – would arrive at work, clock in and leave the premises, later returning to clock out. It’s alleged he received more than $22,260 in wages that he was not entitled to.

• Matthew C. Goodwin, 29, Afton, was indicted on charges of operation of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 of one percent or higher and driving while intoxicated, both class E felonies.



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