COUNTY OF COLUMBIA
STATE OF NEW YORK
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2017
D.A. CZAJKA ANNOUNCES GUILTY VERDICT
District Attorney Paul Czajka has announced that on July 17, 2017, Brent Beattie was convicted by verdict of Forcible Touching, a class A misdemeanor, the Honorable John Spencer presiding.
The crime was committed at Camp Pontiac in the Town of Copake in August 2015. The defendant worked at the camp as a counselor. The camp also employed the victim/witness. On the night the crime occurred, the camp had transported numerous employees, including the victim, to the Taconic Wayside Inn in Copake Falls. The crime occurred after the defendant and victim returned to Camp Pontiac during the early morning hours of August 5, 2015.
The DA commended the investigation of Columbia County Sheriff David P. Barlett’s Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh. The DA also commended the work of ADA Lynelle Hopkins, who prosecuted this matter assisted by ADA Trevor Flike. He reserved his highest praise, however, for the victim, who testified courageously after traveling back to Columbia County solely for the trial.
Judge Spencer will sentence defendant on September 25, 2017. He faces up to one (1) year in jail.
Ryan Cooke, Esq. represents Beattie.