According to Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Derrick O’Meara, Director of the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center, a 34 year old Utica man has been arrested for having inappropriate contact with a 14 year old female.

On November 5, 2020 the Child Advocacy Center received a child abuse referral regarding David Searcy having inappropriate contact with a 14 year old female.

Utica Police Department Investigator Titus Ciccone, assigned to the Child Advocacy Center, conducted the investigation.

On January 11, 2021, Investigator Titus Ciccone assisted by Oneida County Sheriff’s Investigator Mark Chrysler arrested David Searcy, in the City of Utica, charging him with one count of Unlawful Imprisonment in the second degree (A Misdemeanor), and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (A Misdemeanor).

Searcy is accused of locking a 14 year old girl in a room and instructing the child to take, and send him, sexually explicit photographs of herself in order to gain her freedom from the locked room.

David Searcy was arraigned in Utica City Court on the charges and due to the new bail reform laws, he was released on his own recognizance.

An Order of Protection has been requested on behalf of the victim and services have been offered through the Child Advocacy Center.