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Massena man charged with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse (Updated)


MASSENA - Village police charged Gary P. Rousaw, 54, of 89 Woodlawn Ave., Massena, with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child at 10 p.m. Thursday following an investigation into a complaint filed with police on Dec. 7. Police said the charges stem from allegations Rousaw had sexual contact with two females under 10 years of age.

He was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $25,000 cash or $50,000.

Rousaw, in a question and answer format interview with Sgt. Adam J. Love contained in court documents, reportedly admitted he gets emotionally excited and sexually aroused when he is around pre-pubescent girls. He also allegedly admitted he had sexual contact with the two girls in that interview.

Under questioning from the village police sergeant, Rousaw reportedly acknowledged he had problems around pre-pubescent females and needed help addressing that issue.

Rousaw said police might hear from him as word of the charges circulates. “If people harass me, I will be calling the police for harassment charges,” he said.

Rousaw and his wife, Carolyn, babysit a number of children in their home at no charge for the parents.

Ms. Rousaw told police she keeps a close eye on her husband when he has children on his lap.

“I make sure Gary’s hands are where his hands are suppose to be in case there is another allegation against him. I had a feeling this was going to happen because of the way she was acting and jumping on Gary. There have been other allegations against Gary for the same thing, but they were unfounded,” she told police.

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