Greenport man, criminal sex act trial, begins Tuesday

The trail of a Greenport man, arrested on several counts of criminal sex act last fall, will begin Tuesday in Columbia County Court. The jury was selected on Monday. 23 year old Matthew Halstead was arrested last fall, by Hudson Police and the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Both press releases are below:

From Hudson Police:

Press Release

Matthew Halstead – Felony Arrest

On Thursday, September 29, 2016, the Hudson City Police Department arrested 23 year old, Matthew Halstead of Greenport, New York for two counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the 1st Degree, a class B felony (PL 130.50 sub. 4).

The City of Hudson Police Detective Division completed a long term criminal investigation involving Matthew Halstead and a reported child sex abuse incident. It was reported to Police that Matthew Halstead had engaged in sexual conduct with a juvenile victim less than 13 years old. During the course of this investigation it is believed that there may also be more than one juvenile victim. Please contact the City of Hudson Police Department Detective Division at 518 828 3388 if you have any information.

District Attorney Paul Czajka’s Office assisted with this criminal investigation.



SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS GREENPORT MAN FOR SEXUAL OFFENSE CHARGES

Hudson, N.Y.: Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that on October 13, 2016, the Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested 23 year old Matthew Halstead of Greenport NY for two counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree, a class E Felony.

The investigation began on October 7th, 2016 when the victim reported the alleged criminal acts to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation was conducted by Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh who determined that the criminal acts occurred in the Town of Greenport, subsequently resulting in the arrest of Halstead on October 13th, 2016.

Halstead is alleged to have engaged in anal sexual conduct and oral sexual conduct with a person who is less than 17 years old.

 Halstead was arraigned in Hudson City Court before Judge Connors and remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or bond.


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