A man who previously lived in Montezuma faces charges for felony sex crimes dating back four years, state police said Wednesday.

Joseph M. Thompson, 42, with a reported address of 27 Church St., Port Byron, was arrested Monday by New York State Police in Auburn and charged with first-degree criminal sex act and endangering the welfare of a child.

State police investigator Dave Stebbins said the charge stems from an incident that allegedly occurred in 2007, uncovered during an investigation by troopers in Fulton.

Stebbins said Thompson was living in Montezuma at the time of the reported incident, which allegedly involved sexual contact between Thompson and a child who was younger than 11 at the time.

Trooper Steven Bourgeois, lead investigator at the state police barracks in Fulton, said Thompson was initially arrested March 21 after an adult reported seeing Thompson engaging in a sexual act with the same child.

Thompson, who Bourgeois said maintained a residence in the town of Hannibal, was charged with sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Bourgeois said that after Thompson was arrested, an interview with the alleged victim revealed additional incidents of alleged sexual contact in Oswego County as well as the alleged incident resulting in the Cayuga County charges.

The charges in Hannibal are both misdemeanors, but police there said they expect to additionally charge Thompson with second-degree criminal sex act, a felony.

Thompson's charge in Montezuma, first-degree criminal sex act, is a Class B felony.

Bourgeois said Thompson spent the time between his arrests in Oswego County jail, because he could not afford to make bail.

After his arrest by Cayuga County authorities, Thompson was arraigned in Montezuma Town Court and remanded to Cayuga County Jail with a $10,000 cash bond or $20,000 bail.

Thompson's next court date is in Hannibal Town Court on May 29.

Staff writer Nathan Baker can be reached at 282-2238 or nathan.baker@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter at CitizenBaker.


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