A 37-year-old Binghamton man is accused of sexually assaulting two children over the span of more than a decade, until the summer of 2015.
The grand jury in Broome County Court indicted Ronald D. Peterson on eight charges Monday, in connection with crimes that date back to 2004. At the time of some of the incidents, the victims were 8 and 6 years old, according to the indictment.
Peterson had been arrested by Binghamton police June 12 on a felony criminal sexual act charge, according to Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell.
The grand jury expanded the charges: felony counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree criminal sexual act.
If convicted of the most severe charges, two counts of predatory sexual assault, Peterson could face a prison term of at least 10 years and a maximum of life. He is expected to be arraigned in Broome County Court as a result of Monday's indictment.
Court papers do not specify the relationship, if any, between Peterson and the alleged victims.
Peterson is accused of oral sexual conduct in September 2009 with one victim who was 8 years old at the time, and also in the fall of 2013 with that same victim, according to court papers. He is also accused of crimes against that victim in the summer of 2015.
The second victim was raped by Peterson in the fall of 2004, when that victim was 6 years old, the indictment says. He is also accused of abusing that victim in October 2004 and in May 2013.
In a statement Wednesday announcing the indictment, Cornwell's office said all defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court.
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36-year old Ryan Morell will serve two 4 year sentences. It's For aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
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He will also have to serve two years of supervised release and register as a sex offender.