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.