COHOCTON — The Mayor of Cohocton faces charges in relation to an under-age drinking incident.
An investigation into suspicious activity at the Cohocton Development Corporation (C.D.C.) building, located at 71 Maple Ave., in the Village of Cohocton, resulted in the arrest of Thomas L. Cox, 70, of 9 Wheeler St., Cohocton, who serves as village mayor.
Just before midnight on Friday, Wayland-based New York State Police responded to the C.D.C. building for a report of underage drinking. Investigation revealed that two youths, ages 14 and 19, had been consuming alcohol, which had allegedly been provided by Cox, who was present at the scene.
The Cohocton Development Corporation is the business improvement district, which spearheads the annual Fall Foliage Festival, which Cox chairs, according to the festival's website.
Investigation determined that Cox had regular access to the building,
"We have no reason to believe that any of them were there unlawfully," said New York State Police Investigator Curt Eaton.
Cox wassubsequently charged with two counts of first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child, class-A misdemeanors. Cox was arraigned before Town of Cohocton Justice David Domm, and released without bail conditions. Cox is scheduled to reappear in Cohocton Town Court at a later date.
Investigators could not reveal whether the teens were related to Cox, citing them as "victims" in the case. They were not charged or cited in the incident.
Further charges are not expected at this time.
If convicted, Cox could face up to a year in county jail and/or a $1,000 fine on each of the counts. His two-year term as mayor expires in April 2019.