A 22-year-old Herkimer man has been arrested by Ostego County deputies and accused of performing sexual acts with two boys, 8 and 10 years old, in Springfield in 2009.
Ernest H. Ward III was arrested Monday in Herkimer and accused of committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree – a Class B felony – and sexual abuse in the first degree.
Investigator Jason Munson of the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office said the alleged crimes only recently came to light. He declined to provide additional details Thursday, given the sensitivities of the case and because it was still under investigation.
Ward was arraigned Monday in Richfield town court and remained in the Otsego County jail Thursday in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. It had not be detemined when his next court date would be.