Over the last few weeks the Oneida City Police Department’s Juvenile Aid Unit, along with the Madison County Child Advocacy Center, have been conducting an investigation into reports of illegal sexual conduct with minors.

It was discovered that victims with an age range of about 11 to 17 years of age were subjected to sexual conduct by the suspect, Daniel Hatch, 38, of Oneida. During the course of this investigation, it was reported and alleged that Daniel Hatch would engage in inappropriate activity, which often times included sexual contact and conduct with many of the victims.

On Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, the suspect was interviewed and was subsequently arrested and charged for the alleged conduct.

As of publication, Hatch has been charged with a single count each of first-degree criminal sex act (a B felony), first-degree sexual abuse (a D felony), third-degree criminal sex act (an E felony) and forcible touching, an A misdemeanor. Hatch also was charged with two counts of unlawfully dealing with a minor and 10 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, both class A misdemeanors.

Hatch was arraigned in Oneida City Court and remanded to the Madison County Jail in lieu of a cumulative total of $115,000 cash bail or $225,000 bail bond. He was ordered to return to Oneida City Court at a later date.

Oneida City Court also issued orders of protection on behalf of victims.

Oneida City Police have reason to believe that there may be other victims of these crimes; Chief Paul Thompson said he urges anyone who may have been a victim or who may know of anyone who may have been a victim, to contact Inv. Bailey at 315.363.9111, 315.363.2323 or cbailey@oneidacity.com.

By martha

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