According to Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Derrick O'Meara, who is the Director of the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center, a Town of Lee couple have been arrested after threatening a Child Protective Services Caseworker who was assigned to the CAC.

Sheriff’s Investigator Mark R. Chrysler was assigned to the case on March 4, 2020.

During the investigation, it was found that on March 3, 2020, Keith Westcott, age 61, and his wife, Heidi Westcott, age 33, both from Lee, threatened a CPS caseworker who had gone to the Westcott home on official business. During the visit, both Keith and Heidi threatened the caseworker several times with physical violence. The caseworker had to stop the visit and abruptly exit the home due to her fears of being injured by the duo.

On March 6, 2020, Investigator Chrysler and Sheriff’s Sergeant Melissa Bolton, while being assisted by the Sheriff’s Road Patrol, located both Keith and Heidi Westcott at their home and they were arrested without incident. Both were charged with one count each of Menacing in the 3rd Degree, a class B Misdemeanor.

Both were transported to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office where they were processed, then transferred to the Oneida County Jail where they were being held to await arraignment.

An Order of Protection has been requested on behalf of the CPS Caseworker.

Oneida County takes the safety of their employees very seriously and will not tolerate threats of any kind towards them.