Charged in sexual abuse of 7-year-old

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A 28-year-old man is accused of sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl in the City of Utica earlier this month.

Marcus P. Cossette, of Utica, had sexual contact with a 7-year-old girl in Utica earlier this month, according to Det. Edwin A. D’Alessandro and Inv. Fred Bruzzese of the county Child Advocacy Center. Cossette was taken into custody on Thursday.

Cossette is charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual act, a class B felony, authorities stated. He is scheduled to appear in Utica City Court.

Authorities said the investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible. The victim has been offered counseling through the CAC.

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