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Lawyer Pushes To Overturn Guilty Verdict For Former Dutchess Legislator

Michael Kelsey is seeking to his sexual abuse convictions overturned.
Michael Kelsey is seeking to his sexual abuse convictions overturned. Photo Credit: Facebook/Michael Kelsey

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- A former Dutchess County legislator found guilty of sexual abuse of May is trying to get his conviction overturned with the help of a new lawyer, according to a report on Time Warner Cable News.

Sentencing for Michael Kelsey had been scheduled for July 8. It has been tentatively adjourned until Sept. 6, according to St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain. 

Kelsey, a former assistant scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America, was found guilty in May of sexual abuse, attempted sexual abuse, forcible touching and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child in 2014. The boys were 15 years old at the time of the abuse in 2014.

Shane Hug, Kelsey’s new lawyer, is pushing to have the convictions overturned. Kelsey is in jail and faces up to 11 years in prison.

Kelsey, of Salt Point,was arrested in December 2014 by state police in Wappingers Falls. A Republican, Kelsey served in the New York State Assembly. He represented the towns of Amenia, Washington, Stanford, Pleasant Valley and the Village of Millbrook.

Kelsey, an attorney, was born in Poughkeepsie, and grew up in East Fishkill. He served in the state assembly from 2009-2015, when he lost last September to Sandra Washburn. He also was a part-time professor at Marist College.

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