WENY News - Three Arrested in Steuben County Child Sex Abuse Investigation

Three Arrested in Steuben County Child Sex Abuse Investigation

Posted: Updated:

BATH, N.Y. (WENY) -- Three Steuben County residents are facing a string of charges, following a month long investigation by Child Protection Services.

According to police, Natalie Burgess, 36, and Roger Taft, 49, both of Thurston, allegedly intentionally allowed a child under the age of seventeen to remain alone in a residence with a Level III sex-offender.

Investigators believe the couple knew of the offender's likelihood to re-offend, after repeatedly agreeing to a safety plan that forbid unsupervised contact with that person.

Burgess and Taft are both facing one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Burgess has also been charged with Falsifying Business Records, after causing a false entry to be made with New York State Police in an attempt to conceal a felony crime.

In connection to this investigation, police later charged Allen Lafler, 66, also of Thurston with one county of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Investigators allege that during the month of May, Lafler intentionally subjected a child less than eleven years old to sexual contact.


Burgess and Lafler were arraigned in the Town of Bath Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail, with Burgess held on $2,500 bail and Lafler held on no bail.

Taft was released on an appearance ticket and will return to court next month. 

Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Frankly and WENY. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.