- Rich Klein
Hufcut Trial Starts Tuesday in Orange County
Robert Hufcut goes on trial in Orange County at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning after a grand jury handed up an indictment in late May on allegations of child sex abuse that stemmed from incidents that go back a little more than two decades.
Hufcut was chief of the Summitville Fire Company and the Mamakating Highway Superintendent at the time of his arrest on May 31, 2022 year by State Police.
He plead not guilty as his arraignment.
Hufcut, a former resident of Orange County, was charged with predatory sexual assault against a child and course of sexual conduct against a child, which are both felonies. Upon his arrest, the New York State Police said:
"The New York State Police announce the arrest of Robert Hufcut, age 55 of Wurtsboro for Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child and Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child, both felonies. A several month-long investigation was conducted by the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations, which was ultimately presented to an Orange County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury voted to indict Hufcut. An indictment warrant was issued and Hufcut was arrested on May 31, 2022. He was arraigned in Orange County Court and remanded to the Orange County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash or $150,000 bond. This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with any additional information is encouraged to contact the New York State Police, Middletown (845) 344-5300. " Orange County Court Judge Craig S. Brown , who is also an Acting State Supreme Court Justice, will preside over the case. Christopher Borek, a spokesperson for Orange County DA David Hoovler, told The SullivanTimes previously that the indictment alleges that the incidents involving the child occurred between October 1, 2000 and August 2, 2001. Borek told The SullivanTimes that Assistant District Attorney Michael Purcell will prosecute the case.