Galway Town Board member expected to stand trial

Monday, June 17, 2013
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— A Galway Town Board member who was accused of trying to take off a teenage girl’s shirt last summer at his camp in the Adirondacks is expected to stand trial next month.

Michael Tillson, 64, will be tried in Indian Lake Town Court on one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.

“He does not want to plead guilty,” said Hamilton County District Attorney Marsha Perdue, who will try the case herself. The jury trial is set to start July 8 and is expected to last two days.

Tillson has maintained his innocence since charges were filed against him. Last year, his defense attorney, John Sutton, said he planned to file a motion seeking to dismiss the charge and said Tillson hadn’t committed a crime.

Sutton did not return calls seeking comment Monday.

Tillson was arrested in July 2012 after state police in Ray Brook said he exposed half the girl’s torso in trying to take off her shirt and then hugged her until she told him to stop. The girl, who police said last year was under age 17, then called her parents to get a ride home, and her parents called police when they learned what happened.

Tillson has remained on the Town Board since the charges were filed. He has been on the board for 20 years, and about a decade ago he also served as deputy supervisor.

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