A Utica man is accused of locking up a teenage girl and demanding she send him sexually explicit photographs, according to authorities with the
Oneida County Child Advocacy Center.
Police said David Searcy, 34, locked a 14-year-old girl in a room at a Utica home in early November and told the girl to take and send him sexually explicit photographs of herself in order to gain her freedom.
The authorities were contacted in Nov. 5, launching an investigation. Searcy was taken into custody on Monday.
Searcy is charged with one count each of second-degree unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors, authorities said.
He was arraigned in Utica City Court and was released on his own recognizance, the law enforcers said, adding that Searcy is scheduled to reappear in court. The victim has been offered counseling through the CAC, the law enforcers added.