Owego Village Trustee In Court On Sexual Abuse Charges

By Kerri O'Hara

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 4, 2006 at 1:22 PM EST

Kenneth Williams entered the Village of Owego court accompanied by his wife, Carol.
He's charged with 2 counts of sexual abuse involving girls ages 1 and 3 years old.
There was only one decision on the case Friday.
Owego Justice David Boland agreed to have another judge appointed at the request of the Tioga County's District Attorney, Gerald Keene.
Keene says he was concerned because the village board sets the court budget, and Williams is a trustee.
"He's got it in the back of his mind theoretically that any decision he makes could have an impact," says district attorney Gerald Keen.
Williams Attorney, Ron Benjamin, says there's no conflict because, he argues, there is no case.
He claims the Owego Police Department did not conduct a complete investigation.
"Mr. Williams reputation is being dragged thru the mud, this is a man that has served his community with dignity, he is a loyal husband, father, and we want these allegations put in the garbage where they belong," says Williams' attorney Ron Benjamin.
Court papers say Williams inappropriately touched two girls who were at Little Cubby Day Care, run out of his home by his wife, Carol.
Benjamin says it was an employee who accused Williams of Sex Abuse.
While he would not name the person, Benjamin claims the employee made up the story because that person wasn't getting enough hours at work.
Benjamin says he spoke to a parent whose child is involved in the case.
"That baby's mother will testify not only that she changes her baby's diapers everyday, many times a day, but that this baby never had marks," says Benjamin.
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services, or O.C.F.S, has revoked and suspended Carol's Little Cubby Day Care's license.
O.C.F.S says it has received a request to appeal the decision and a hearing will be held.
But under state law, even without a license, Carol's Little Cubby could still care for 2 children at a time, or up to 10 children for less than 3 hours.
The officer in charge of the case, Jeff Winchell could not be reached for comment about the investigation.
Meanwhile, DA Gerald Keene has until January 2nd to file the official request for a new judge to be appointed.
After that, the court will decide if there's enough evidence to send the case against Williams to a Tioga County Grand Jury.

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