Sullivan County official remains behind bars after child sex abuse arrest

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A Sullivan County town and fire official remains behind bars after his shocking arrest on child sex abuse allegations.

Robert Hufcut, 55, is accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a child under the age of 11.

State police arrested the Mamakating City Highway Superintendent and the Summitville Fire Chief on Tuesday after a months-long investigation into allegations dating from 2000 to 2002.

Hufcut was charged with four counts of “sexual conduct against a child”.

A description of the New York law online describes this charge as “repeated sexual abuse or sexual assault of children over a continuous period.”

Residents of Mamakating whom News 12 spoke to say they are sickened by the allegations against a person in a public position of power.

“It’s pretty serious and disgusting,” Erin Doherty said. “No one should be in that kind of power with what’s going on. It’s just disgusting.

Hufcut remains on the Mamakating City payroll since Wednesday. City Supervisor Mike Robbins says they are awaiting a response from their attorney to decide the future of his job.

Hufcut is in the Orange County Jail on $150,000 bond or $50,000 cash bond.

News 12 has reached out to its legal aid attorney and the Summitville Fire Department for comment, but has not heard back

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