According to Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Derrick O’Meara, Director of the Child Advocacy Center, a Yorkville man has been indicted by an Oneida County Grand Jury for having sexual contact with an underage female.

On December 23, 2019 a report was made to the New Hartford Police Department by the female Victim in this case, who is now an adult. The female reported that she had been sexually abused by Daniel Lazarek, age 39, when she was under the age of 17. The New Hartford Police Department turned the case over to the Child Advocacy Center for further investigation, due to the victim’s age at the time of the abuse.

Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Melissa Bolton, who is assigned to the CAC, conducted the investigation. It was found that Lazarek sexually abused the Victim from the age of 14 through the age of 16. The abuse occurred in the Village of New York Mills and the Village of Yorkville from the year 2010 until the year 2013. Upon the completion of the investigation, the case was then turned over to the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office, where it was presented to the Grand Jury on March 24, 2021. Lazarek was subsequently indicted on the following charges: 2 Counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the Second Degree, a Class D Felony; 3 counts of Rape in the Third Degree, a Class E Felony; 1 Count of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, a Class B Misdemeanor and 1 Count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Class A Misdemeanor.

After the indictment was passed down from the Grand Jury, an arrest warrant was issued for Lazarek on the previously listed charges. On March 30, 2021 Lazarek appeared in Oneida County Court, where he was arraigned on the above listed charges. Lazarek was released on his own recognizance and a stay away order of protection was issued on behalf of the Victim, who has been offered services through the Child Advocacy Center.