Sexual abuse of young boy charged

Published Jul 15, 2017 at 4:00pm

WESTMORELAND — A 21-year-old was charged with having sexual contact with a boy less than 11 years-old this month.

Chief Deputy Joseph Lisi, director of the county Child Advocacy Center, said Brandon Weber, of Westmoreland, was taken into custody by Utica Police Inv. Eric Scorzafava following an investigation into an incident that occurred in Rome earlier this month. Weber was charged Thursday with first-degree sexual abuse, a class D felony.

Weber was arraigned in City Court and sent to county jail in lieu of bail. An order of protection was issued against him on behalf of the victim.

The child has been offered counseling services through the advocacy center, Lisi said.