Utica man charged with criminal sex act, desertion from U.S. Army

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Utica man who has been charged by the U.S. Army with desertion is now facing a sex charge.

According to Chief Obernesser of the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center, Andrew J. Vanmarter, 24, of Utica has been charged with second-degree criminal sex act after an investigation into a sexual assault that authorities said occurred in 2007.

Vanmarter was arraigned in Utica City Court and remanded to the Oneida County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Obernesser said an arrest warrant by the US Department of Army charging Vanmarter with desertion has also been lodged.

The case has been turned over to the Oneida County District Attorney's Office for Grand Jury consideration and the victim has been offered counseling services through the Child Advocacy Center.

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