11 June 2020
 

  NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
  Major Darrin S. Pitkin
  Troop D Commander

  
PRESS RELEASE

 

On June 10, 2020, A complainant walked into the State Police Headquarters in Oneida to report sexual abuse of a ten-year-old child.  An investigation into the allegations revealed that in the spring of this year, a 37-year-old male had engaged in a sexual relationship with a child less than 11 years of age over the course of several months at a residence located in the town of Lenox.  The relationship was discovered after a relative discovered sexually explicit text messages and photographs exchanged between the suspect and child. 

Investigators arrested 37-year-old Jeffrey R. Shaffner from Canastota, NY for Rape 1st degree (B Felony) and Predatory Sexual Assault on a Child (A-II Felony). Shaffner was located at his residence and was taken into custody without incident.  He was arraigned by Judge Grace Rapasadi and, at the request of the Madison Co District Attorney’s Office, was remanded to the Madison County Jail on $250,000 cash bail/$500,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to return to court on June 15, 2020, at 1 p.m.  An order of protection was issued for the victim. 

The Madison County Child Advocacy Center assisted in the investigation. 

 

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