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Area Man Charged With Sex Abuse Of Victim Known To Him

Bernardino Cazares-Fuentes
Bernardino Cazares-Fuentes Photo Credit: Dutchess County Sheriff's Office

A 54-year-old area man has been arrested for sexual abuse following an investigation, according to the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office.

Bernardino Cazares-Fuentes of LaGrange was arrested Monday after deputies responded to a report of sexual assault in the town, said Capt. John Watterson.

Following an investigation, detectives arrested Cazares-Fuentes for forcibly subjecting the victim to sexual contact, Watterson said.

The victim and Cazares-Fuentes are known to each other, and at this time there doesn’t appear to be any danger to public safety, he added.

Cazares-Fuentes was charged with felony sexual abuse. He is being held at the Dutchess County Jail on $5,000 cash bail/$10,000 bond.

Neither the age nor gender of the victim was released.

Anyone with information about the case or similar incidents involving Cazares-Fuentes are urged to contact Detective Wilkinson at 845-486-3820.

The Sheriff’s Office can also be contacted via the tipline at 845-605-CLUE (2583), or email at dcsotips@gmail.com and all information will be kept confidential.

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