Herkimer man accused of raping child over course of several years

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HERKIMER — A 50-year-old man is accused of sexually abusing and raping a young child over the course of several years in Herkimer County, police say.

Police said David Balderston, of Herkimer, forced the child under the age of 13 to perform sexual acts on him over the course of several years. Police said Balderston also repeatedly raped the child.

Balderston was taken into custody on Wednesday on two counts each of predatory sexual assault against a child, first-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree sex abuse, sexual misconduct, one count each of first-degree rape and forcible touching, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, authorities stated.

Balderston was arraigned in village court and was sent to the Herkimer County Jail without bail. Authorities said the investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.

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