Oneonta man faces several charges in connection with Rite Aid incident

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - An Oneonta man faces charges after he was allegedly drinking alcohol with a teenager who had an order of protection against him, New York State Police say.

Michael S. Bennett, 34, of Oneonta is charged with criminal contempt in the first degree, false personation, unlawfully dealing with a child, resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration, harassment in the second degree and disorderly conduct.

According to authorities, troopers responded on Saturday to a report of two youths drinking alcohol in the parking lot at the Rite Aid on Chestnut Street in Oneonta. When troopers arrived, they saw a man and a younger woman drinking alcohol. Initially, the man gave a false name. Upon investigation, troopers determined that he was Bennett and the 17-year-old he was drinking with had an order of protection against him. When he was arrested, troopers say he tried to resist.

He was sent to the Otsego County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. The 17-year-old girl was arrested for unlawful possession of alcohol -- person under 21 years of age. She was given a ticket returnable to the Town of Oneonta Court on March 25.

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