Corrections Officer indicted by grand jury on sex charges against child

By WKTV News

FLOYD, N.Y. (WKTV) - A corrections officer at the Mohawk Correctional Facility in Rome has now been indicted by an Oneida County Grand Jury on sex charges against a child.

According to the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center, Donald Hughes Jr, 50, of Floyd, is alleged to have had sexual contact with a child under the age of 11 from 2010 to 2011.

On Wednesday, an Oneida County Grand Jury handed down an indictment against Hughes, charging him with first-degree attempted criminal sexual act, four counts of first-degree sexual abuse, and one count of second-degree course sexual conduct against a child.

Hughes has been out on bail since first being charged earlier this year. He has been employed by the New York State Department of Corrections for more than 21 years. The Department of Corrections still had Hughes listed as an employee of the Mohawk Correctional Facility, but he was suspended without pay on May 7.

The length of that suspension is determinant of the outcome of the criminal charges, state officials said earlier this year. If the criminal charges result in a felony conviction, then Hughes would be automatically terminated from the position.

Hughes is scheduled to be arraigned in Oneida County Court on September 23.

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