While he waits for his court date on charges that he inappropriately touched two 15 year-old boys on a Boy Scout trip last August, New York GOP lawmaker Michael Kelsey is remaining defiant and refusing to step down.
According to a report from the Poughskeepie Journal, Kelsey, who is an attorney and former assistant Boy Scout master, was charged with sexual abuse in the first degree, forcible touching, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Kelsey was suspended as a Boy Scout leader in October.
In a statement from the Boys Scouts of America Hudson Valley, they said they took “immediate action to remove” Kelsey, “after the allegations came to light.” It’s still not clear why Kelsey was suspended in October when the abuse allegations didn’t surface until the following December.
Kelsey is due back in court on February 9 and has been free on $2,500 bail. He has pled not guilty.
In this ironic video below from his campaign in October, Kelsey explains why he is a “troublemaker.”