Trenton Town Supervisor stays put for the time being

By WKTV News

TRENTON, N.Y.(WKTV) - The Trenton Town Board gathered Wednesday for their regular meeting, but without Town Supervisor Mark Scheidelman following the child sex abuse allegations.

Scheidelman has been involved in Trenton Town Government for the past 31 years and has been town supervisor for the past 20.

Wednesday the town board said he's still the town supervisor and will be for the foreseeable future. According to the town's attorney there's no legal way to remove him either because based on law he must be convicted of the crime.

Scheidelman is facing first degree sexual abuse charges, a Class D felony involving inappropriate touching.

The child in question is a seven year old boy. Police characterize him as an acquaintance of the 52 year old. They say one of the child's family members called and reported the alleged abuse.

It allegedly happened at Scheidelman's Mapledale Road house.

He did not appear to be there Wednesday, nor did he return NEWSChannel2's phone calls.

State police say this investigation all took shape over the past several days, but they say it probably won't end any time soon.

"Since this arrest we've garnered further information from calls we got in the community and we are now investigating whether we may have a pattern of conduct that goes back into the late 1980s," said Captain Mark Lincoln of New York State Police.

A statement was read to everyone at Wednesday's meeting regarding the New York State Public Officers Law saying, "Under this law, no such vacancy has occurred, and until such time as a statutory vacancy does occur, the supervisor shall retain his position under said law. We ask you to remember that all accused are innocent until proven guilty."

Scheidelman did not attend the regular town board meeting.

He is out of jail after posting a $25,000 bail bond and walked out of the Oneida County Jail just before noon Wednesday.

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