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Sunmount man charged with abusing, imprisoning staff member

November 14, 2012
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer (jcollier@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - A resident of a Sunmount house was arraigned last week on charges that he attacked and imprisoned a female employee there.

Eric Duprey, 26, was indicted on Oct. 18 by a Franklin County Grand Jury on charges of sexual abuse in the first degree and unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, and he was arraigned Friday in Franklin County Court.

The alleged incident happened May 25, as the state was in the midst of pushing a revised plan for oversight of the state's care for people with special needs.

Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne said his office asked for bail to be set at $20,000 because he knew Duprey had been found not fit to proceed on criminal charges out of Clinton County, which were also of a sexual nature.

"We wanted him to remain incarcerated," Champagne said. "Obviously, we don't think it's good for him to be back at the same location where he's alleged to have sexually assaulted and imprisoned an employee."

But Judge Robert Main Jr. set bail at $500, and Duprey quickly posted bail, Champagne said.

"He was quickly picked up by Sunmount and brought back to Sunmount," Champagne said.

Duprey will be back in court for a hearing on Nov. 29 to determine whether he will be allowed to proceed with charges in Franklin County.

"If he's not fit to proceed, the case essentially gets taken away from us," Champagne said.

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Contact Jessica Collier at 891-2600 ext. 26 or jcollier@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.

 
 

 

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