According to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Derrick O'Meara, who is the Director of the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center, a Utica man has been arrested for having sexual contact with an underage female child.

The investigation began on January 15, 2023, when the Whitesboro Police Department received a report of an adult male who had sexual contact with the child victim. The investigation was turned over to the Child Advocacy Center and was assigned to Sheriff’s Investigator Mark R. Chrysler.

Investigator Chrysler’s investigation revealed that Hector M. Negron, age 34, had sexual contact with a child under the age of 11 years old on two occasions in October of 2021.

Near the end of the investigation, Inv. Chrysler attempted to locate Negron, but was unable to as he was believed to have fled the area.

The case was turned over to the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office for Grand Jury consideration.

On August 3, 2023, Negron had returned to the area and was located by the Whitesboro Police at a residence in Whitesboro and arrested after a foot chase on charges stemming from a separate incident. Negron was arraigned with bail and incarcerated at the Oneida County Correctional Facility.

On August 16, 2023, Inv. Chrysler’s case was brought before the Oneida County Grand Jury and Negron was indicted on 2 counts of Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degree (class D felonies), 2 counts of Promoting a Sexual Performance of a Child (class D felonies), 2 counts of Possessing a Sexual Performance of a Child (class E felonies), and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (a class A Misdemeanor).

Negron was arraigned on August 17, 2023, at Oneida County Court and was remanded back to the Oneida County Jail, held on $20,000 bail.