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Man, 50, Had Sexual Contact With Teenage Boy In Pawling, Police Say

Richard Spring.
Richard Spring. Photo Credit: New York State Police

A 50-year-old New Fairfield man is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly subjecting a teenage boy to unwanted sexual offenses and offering to give him drugs and alcohol.

On Thursday, April 20, New York State Police arrested New Fairfield resident Richard Spring in Pawling. The arrest followed an investigation by state police and the Dutchess County Child Advocacy Center into a sexual offense reported to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services Abuse Hotline.

During the investigation, which began last month, it was determined that Spring subjected a teenage boy under the age of 17 to sexual contact multiple times on multiple dates in Pawling, police said. Spring is also accused of offering his victim marijuana and alcohol.

Spring was charged with four felony counts of third-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. He was also charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor, after he was stopped by police on Milltown Road while operating his vehicle while under the influence of drugs.

After being arraigned in the Town of Pawling Justice Court, Spring was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. The investigation into Spring is ongoing, and state police said additional charges may be filed.

Anyone with information regarding spring is encouraged to contact state police confidentially at (845) 677-7300.

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