State and Local Authorities have been busy in Gloversville with two recent sex cases involving adults and children.
Acting from a tip to the “Internet Crimes Against Children Tip Line,” the New York State Police arrested a 32-year old Gloversville man for committing sexual acts on a 5-year old child and videotaping the acts, then sending it over the internet.
Using a search warrant at his Gloversville home, the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Mayfield and the City of Gloversville Police department arrested Richard Dence Jr. (upper left) without incident. He is charged with four felonies including Criminal Sex Act, Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance, Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child, Possession of a Sexual Performance by a Child and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Class-A Misdemeanor, police said.
Dence was arraigned in the City of Gloversville Court and sent to the Fulton County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. No return date has been set. The investigation is still ongoing and further charges could be filed.
Police say Dence committed various sex acts and photographed and uploaded them to the internet to send them out, police said.
In another case, Gloversville Police Detectives arrested Scott VanEtten (left), 33, of 64 Second Ave. in Gloversville on numerous counts of Sexual Offenses with three minors.
Police say that this summer VanEtten had sexual contact with three boys, ages 7, 9 & 14, including having sexual intercourse with the 14-year old. He is charged with two counts of Criminal Sexual Act (1st Degree, Class B Felony) and two counts of Sexual Abuse (1st Degree, Class D Felony).
VanEtten engaged in such acts at various locations in the City of Gloversville at least five times, police said. VanEtten was subsequently charged with five additional counts of Criminal Sexual Act (2nd Degree, Class D Felony).
VanEtten was processed and arraigned by Gloversville City Court Judge Traci Dimezza and sent to the Fulton County Correctional Facility on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. The investigation remains open and additional charges are pending.