Troy City Court Officer arrested on sex abuse charges

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Troy City Court officer is on the other side of the law; facing allegations that he sexually abused a young girl.

Joshua Elston was assigned to Troy City Court to provide security and keep the peace. Now his time will be spent in court is defending himself against shocking allegations.

Joshua Elston
Joshua Elston

The accusations leveled against Troy City Court Officer, Joshua Elston are laid out in court documents saying Elston was accused of slapping the young girl more than one hundred times on her backside, throwing the child to the ground and even biting her, all for his own sexual gratification.

Police believe the alleged abuse occurred at Elston’s Locust Avenue home in Troy over a period of two years, ending this last January when the girl came forward.

“Something was seen or heard and she was asked about it and to elaborate on what happened. Luckily she did,” said Captain Dan DeWolf.

Since Elston is a court officer, the judge recused himself and he was arraigned last Friday in neighboring Brunswick Town Court. He faces endangering the welfare of a child, forcible touching, and sexual abuse in the third.

NEWS10 ABC reached out to the Office of Court Administration, the agency which oversees court officers. A spokesman said Elston is still on the job, but that his weapon was taken from him and he was likely reassigned. No actions with regards to Elston’s job would be taken until the case is resolved.

Elston’s attorney says his client denies the accusations and he questions why it took investigators nearly two months to charge his client. Elston is free on his own recognizance and due back in court mid-March.


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