NORWICH – On Sept. 17, 2014, eight individuals were indicted by the Chenango County Grand Jury and later arraigned on Sept. 29, 2014 on their pending charges in the Chenango County Court. The Honorable Frank B. Revoir Jr. presided.
• Rebel L. Whitman of Harpursville pleaded guilty to criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, a class E felony. Whitman, who has three previous misdemeanors of similar crimes, was remanded back to the Chenango County Correctional Facility in lieu of a continuation of bail set by local court in the amount of $5,000 cash or $10,000 real property bond.
If convicted, Whitman could face one to three years in state prison. Sentencing was adjourned following a pre sentencing investigation to determine the defendants eligibility for “shock” treatment at the Willard Drug Treatment Program.
• Thomas W. Knickerbocker of Sherburne pleaded not guilty to five felony charges including rape in the second degree; criminal sexual act in the second degree; possessing a sexual performance by a child; and endangering the welfare of a child.
Knickerbocker was arrested on July 19 after Chenango County Sheriff’s deputies investigated a suspicious vehicle complaint in the Town of North Norwich. Allegedly, deputies found the defendant engaging in sexual contact with a 13-year-old victim.