Leroy town justice, retired deputy charged with hitting, injuring child
Leroy, N.Y. (WHAM) - The town justice in Leroy, Genesee County was arrested by New York State Police as part of a child abuse investigation.
State Police said they were notified on December 4 by Genesee County Child Protective Services about a possible child abuse case.
John Duyssen, 50, was arrested on December 10 after investigators said he hit a 9-year-old child and injured them as a result. When asked about the relationship between Duyssen and the child, investigators would not clarify.
Duyssen is the Town Justice at the Leroy Town Court. According to our news partners at The Batavian, Duyssen is also a retired Genesee County Sheriff's deputy.
Duyssen was charged with second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.
Troopers said Duyssen was issued an order of protection and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
In a statement released to The Batavian, Duyssen's lawyer said, "As his attorney, it is my firm belief that as this case progresses it will become apparent that this arrest is the product of the ever-growing expansion of government in the personal matters of families and governmental intrusion upon the child rearing rights and responsibilities of parents"
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