Octogenarian accused of sexual abuse of preteen girl


PORT LEYDEN — An 81-year-old Lewis County man is accused of sexually abusing a preteen girl.

Lowville-based state police said Emerson M. Wood, of 3469 Pearl St., sexually abused a girl who was less than 11-years-old at a residence in Port Leyden on at least two occasions earlier this month. Troopers said Wood was taken into custody on Wednesday.

Wood is charged with first-degree sex abuse, a class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, troopers stated. He was arraigned in Village Court and was sent to county jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or bond. He is scheduled to reappear in court.