By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
RAVENA — A Ravena man has been arrested and charged with forcibly touching minors at the Mosher Park Pool.
Austin Williams, 27, was arrested Aug. 29 in connection with several alleged incidents that occurred over a couple of days at the pool, according to Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.
The Sheriff’s Office took several reports Aug. 28 about an alleged sexual assault involving several underage girls at the pool.
“The minor victims, whose ages range from 11-years-old to 15-years-old, all reported that over a course of four days, Austin S. Williams touched their intimate and private body parts, both over and under their bathing suits in the pool with no permission or right to do so,” Apple said in a statement.
The girls’ parents reported the incidents to a deputy sheriff and met with investigators, Apple said. Williams was arrested the following day, Aug. 29, and was charged with four counts of forcible touching, a class A misdemeanor, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.
Mayor Bill Misuraca said in a statement Tuesday night the village is cooperating with the investigation.
“The village is aware of the ongoing investigation of an incident at Mosher Park,” Misuraca said. “We are fully cooperating with all authorities and have released to the police all our video surveillance resources. As this is an ongoing investigation, I cannot comment at this time beyond that our residents’ safety is our number one priority, and we will continue to operate with heightened awareness.”
Williams was arraigned in the Town of Coeymans Court on Aug. 29 and was released to the supervision of probation, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was ordered the stay away from the Mosher Park Pool and orders of protection were issued for the children.
Police are asking that anyone who may have information call 518-765-5980.