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Tait pleads guilty to sexual misconduct

Funeral home director accepts plea bargain for two misdemeanor charges

— Cazenovia funeral home director Brian H. Tait, 46, of Lincklaen Road, pled guilty to two misdemeanor charges, third-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, during his latest court appearance on July 7 at the Madison County Courthouse in Wampsville.

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Brian H. Tait

Standing before Otsego County Judge Brian D. Burns, and under the counsel of his lawyer Emil Rossi, Tait accepted the prosecutor’s deal which orders he serve three years of probation and undergo a mental-health evaluation. Absent from the courtroom was the portrait of former New York State Supreme Court Justice Albert E. Tait Jr., the defendant’s father, which usually hangs behind the judge’s bench.

The lead prosecutor, Chenango County First Assistant District Attorney Stephen M. Dunshee, said he was content with the result.

“I’m satisfied with the outcome,” Dunshee said. “The defendant will be under the watchful eye of the Madison County Probation Department for a period of three years. They will determine if he is a sexual predator and has to undergo any counseling or remediation. Probation is not easy.”

Sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 13, whereupon Tait will begin probation. Until then, Judge Burns ruled Tait must remain a law-abiding citizen and follow orders given by the Madison County Probation Department. If Tait violates any of the pre-sentencing regulations, he will serve up to a year in jail, Dunshee said.

Tait initially pled not-guilty to seven misdemeanor charges at his arraignment in December. He faced five counts of third-degree sexual abuse, one count of forcible touching and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, stemming from a New York State Police investigation in October.

Tait was first charged with one count of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of forcible touching on Oct. 12. State police allege Tait subjected a female former employee, 24, to inappropriate physical exams on Sept. 20, as conditions of her employment.

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