UPDATE: Arrests Made in Two Separate Cases Involving Sexual Contact with Underage Girls


ONEIDA COUNTY, NEW YORK (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY—TV)—Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center are reporting the arrests of individuals in two separate cases involving sexual contact with underage girls.

The first arrest is that of a 34-year old man named David Searcy from Utica.

On November 5th, 2020 it was first reported to the Child Advocacy Center that Searcy was involved with inappropriate contact with the young girl. It is accused that he locked the 14-year old girl in a room and made her perform several sexually explicit pictures in exchange for her freedom.

Investigator Titus Ciccone of the Utica Police Department were assigned to the case and worked with the Child Advocacy Center to conduct the investigation. On January 11th, 2021 Investigator Ciccone and Mark Chrysler of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office arrested David Searcy in the City of Utica without incident.

Searcy has been charged with the following:

  • One Count of Unlawful Imprisonment in Second Degree, Misdemeanor
  • One Count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Misdemeanor

David Searcy was arraigned in the Utica City Court on the charges above and due to the new bail reform, was then released.

An Order of Protection has been requested on behalf of the victim and services have been offered through the Child Advocacy Center.

The second arrest is that of 30-year old Cody J. Moon-Perkins of Westmoreland.

On January 5th, 2021 it was reported that Moon-Perkins was having sexual contact with a 15-year old girl. Detective Alex Sypniewski of the Rome Police Department and Oneida County Sheriff’s Investigator Mark Chrysler learned that the sexual contact happened during October of 2020 in the Town of Westmoreland.

On January 11th, 2021 Moon-Perkins was arrested by Detective Sypniewski and Investigator Chrysler and charged with the following:

  • Rape in the 3rd Degree, which is a Class E Felony.

He was then taken to the Sheriff’s Correctional Facility and arraigned. He is currently being held there on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.

An Order of Protection has been issued on behalf of the victim and services have been offered to the child through the Child Advocacy Center.

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