Monday, May 11, 2009

NY: Man charged with sexual abuse

Updated: 05/08/2009 02:58 PM
By: Web Staff

CAYUGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- A former Oswego High School social worker has been arrested on sexual abuse charges in Cayuga County.

Darrell Peckham, 72, of Cato, has been charged with one count of second-degree criminal sexual act. Peckham was arrested following an investigation by the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office after two men stepped forward and said they had been sexually abused by Peckham.

The incidents under investigation occurred in the early 1970s and 2006. Investigators say letters and pictures found during a search of Peckham's home lead deputies to believe there could be many other victims.

Peckham was employed as an Oswego County social worker from 1981 to 1992 and was involved with Big Brother programs in the area. He is also known to have frequented Rodger's Rock Campground in Lake George.

Deputies are urging anyone whose children may have had contact with Peckham to call them at (315) 253-1610.

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