October 6, 2008

Donald Nitchman faces 456 charges of child molestation

By LEIGH HORNBECK, Albany Times Union, NY

October 6, 2008

BALLSTON SPA -- A man who breeds thoroughbred race horses in the town of Saratoga has been charged with 456 charges of child molestation.

Donald Nitchman, 48, allegedly molested three boys, each of whom was 13 when the alleged abuse began. The alleged crimes occurred between August 2004 and June 2008.

Nitchman was indicted Monday on four counts of sexual act in the first degree; 77 counts of criminal sexual act in the second degree; 83 counts of criminal sexual act in the third degree; 144 felony counts of sexual misconduct, one count of sexual abuse in the third degree; three counts of unlawful imprisonment; and 144 counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said Nitchman's alleged contact with the boys, now all in their late teens, came out when the first victim went to State Police in June. An investigation led to the other victims.

If convicted, Nitchman could be sentenced to more than 100 years in prison, Murphy said

"The enormity of the indictment is only paralleled by the effect the crimes had on the victims," Murphy said.

Nitchman, of 169 Haas Road, was arrested by State Police June 23. He is being held in the Saratoga County Jail without bail and will be arraigned before Judge Jerry Scarano at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Nitchman is represented by Richard DeVall, who could not be reached for comment. The number at Nitchman's Haas Road property, Caladon Farm, has been disconnected.


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