31 August 2020
 Acting Major R. Christopher West
 Troop G Commander

On August 25, 2020, State Police in Latham, with the assistance of the Troop G Computer Crimes Unit, and the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, arrested 71-year-old Michael D. Cathers of Bethlehem, for Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child (D felony) and Possessing a Sexual Performance by Child (E felony).

Cathers is accused of possessing and promoting images consistent with child sexual exploitation via the internet. His arrest followed an investigation stemming from a cyber tip received by the New York State Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the execution of a search warrant at his residence.

Cathers was arraigned in Bethlehem Town Court and released on his own recognizance. He is due back in court on a later date.


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