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Trenton town supervisor accused of sex abuse

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Trenton town supervisor accused of sex abuse
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The Trenton Town Supervisor is at the center of an investigation looking into the sexual abuse of young boys. State Police arrested Mark Scheidelman, 52, Tuesday night. He has been charged with first degree sexual abuse. Cara Thomas has more.

TRENTON, N.Y. -- A shocking case of alleged sexual abuse in Oneida County. A long time lawmaker has been arrested for his relationship with a young boy.

Mark Scheidelman, 52, has been charged with one count of sexual abuse in the first degree. Troopers say two more possible victims between the ages of seven and 12 have come forward.

At this point, no additional charges have been filed, but investigators say they are looking into a pattern of abuse since the late 80s.

Scheidelman has been Trenton town supervisor since 1991 and he used to be involved with a Boy Scout troop.

"It's important that we find any potential victims of Mr. Scheidelman, that we get those victims the help that they need. And also we put together whatever cases we can through the Oneida County District Attorney's office so cases that fall within the statute of limitations can be prosecuted," said New York State Police Captain Mark Lincoln.

Scheidelman refused to comment about the case. Anyone with more information is encouraged to call troopers or the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center.

The Trenton Town Board did release a statement on the allegations. It reads in part, "The board has no independent knowledge of the alleged incident other than those reports that have been made public by the media. The board further wishes the public to know that even in the absence of the Supervisor, a quorum of four councilpersons still exists and that quorum is ready and willing to conduct the business of the town."

Scheidelman will continue to hold onto the supervisor's position unless he is proven guilty.

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