2012-09-19 / Front Page

Garrison Connection in Putnam Sex Case

Possible additional victims being sought
Eric Gross

A Kent man is facing a lengthy state prison term following his arrest for allegedly having sexual relations with a 16-year-old girl at several locations throughout Putnam and Dutchess counties, including Garrison. Police are now searching for possible additional victims.

Kent Police reported the arrest Wednesday afternoon of Thomas Webb, 59, of the South Lake community off Farmers Mills Road in Kent. Police Chief Alex DiVernieri said his department received a tip from Webb's roommate earlier this week who reported finding a photo that was sexual in nature depicting Webb and the teenager.

"Detectives Gerald Locascio and Ray Beauchesne interviewed Webb who admitted to having sex with the girl at his residence as well as in Garrison and in Dutchess County. Mr. Webb also told the detectives that he knew she was only 16 years of age," said the chief.

Police obtained a search warrant of Webb's home in South Lake and reportedly found dozens of photos and videos depicting the suspect performing sexual acts on the 16-year-old.

DiVernieri said dozens of other photos of Webb having sex with other young women were also recovered: "Our detectives are attempting to identify these women to determine their age."

Police also seized a quantity of cameras, cell phones, computers, photo printers, women's lingerie and hundreds of CD's containing pornography. DiVernieri said the electronic equipment was being sent to a State Police lab for forensic analysis of its contents.

Webb was arraigned by Kent Justice Kevin Douchkoff and was remanded to the Putnam Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bond pending an Oct. 16 court hearing.

District Attorney Adam Levy said the top charge of rape was a Class C felony carrying a maximum 15 year state prison  term if found guilty.

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