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Tait pleads guilty to sexual misconduct

Funeral home director accepts plea bargain for two misdemeanor charges

— According to court documents, the five additional charges were brought forth by four other accusers, including two minors ages 15 and 17, during the investigation. Tait was charged with one count of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of endangering the welfare of a child after the 15-year-old female former employee contacted investigators. The document states that in August and September of 2009 and 2010, Tait “grabbed her underpants and pulled them down, exposing her private area.” The 17-year-old accuser told police she was subjected to improper physical exams in August 2010. Two other former employees, ages 21 and 22, claim Tait inappropriately touched them in May and June 2010.

As the trial was set to begin July 16, Dunshee said he offered the deal in hopes to avoid having the young female accusers testify before the court. On July 7, Judge Burns approved permanent orders of protection for the five accusers. Dunshee said he expects the victims, or members their family, will deliver comments at the sentencing in September.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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