Newcomb man arrested for computer sex crimes

NEWCOMB – A 38-year-old man was extradited to Virginia Monday after he was arrested in Newcomb last week on charges that he committed lewd online acts.

On July 22, Ray Brook-based state police and the state Division of Parole converged on a residence on state Route 28N and arrested Charles W. Olmstead. Olmstead is a Level 2 sex offender and a parolee.

Police said Olmstead was wanted by Virginia’s Bedford County Sheriff’s Office after it was determined he had committed lewd acts while exposing himself via an Internet webcam to a person he believed to be a 13-year-old female, who was really an undercover detective and member of the national organization, Internet Crimes Against Children During the communications. Olmstead tried to entice the person to have sexual encounters, police said.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office contacted New York State Police for assistance with the investigation. Six felony arrest warrants, charging Olmsted with use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children, were obtained from Virginia.

Based on that investigation, the Troop B Computer Crimes Unit obtained a search warrant for Olmsted’s residence, which was executed as Olmsted was taken into custody. Several items, including Olmsted’s computer, were seized.

Olmsted was arraigned before Schroon Town Justice Jean R. Strothenke and remanded to Essex County Jail without bail. On Monday, he was extradited back to Virginia, where he is being held by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office awaiting prosecution.

Olmsted was on parole stemming from a New York state conviction for third-degree rape for having sex with a minor in 2008.