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Youth caretaker charged with sex offenses

June 27, 2019 12:05 pm

CANAAN — An employee at Berkshire Farm Center was charged with sexual abuse after an investigation, state police said Thursday.

Kelli R. Wagers, 39, of Philmont, was charged June 21 with second-degree criminal sex act, a class E felony, endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse, a class B misdemeanor.

State police investigators were alerted June 17 by Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth staff of possible sexual abuse by an employee.

Wagers, employed as a clinician at Berkshire Farm Center, committed two sexual acts and instances of sexual abuse with a youth under the age of 17 while at the facility, state police said.

Wagers was arraigned and sent to Columbia County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail.